Paris: Calmann Lévy, 1880. First edition. Hardcover. Large quarto (11 3/4 x 8 1/4"). 349, pp. Modern red cloth, with gold lettering to spine. Vignette on title page.
Illustrated with 1,000 humorous drawings, this work is a retrospective of French illustrator Cham's work between 1868 and 1879.
Charles Amédée de Noé, known as Cham (1818-1879), was a celebrated caricaturist and lithographer. Raised by a family who wished him to attend a polytechnic school, he instead attended painting workshops by Nicolas Charlet and Paul Delaroche and began work as a cartoonist, taking on the pseudonym "Cham".
The drawings featured in this work cover and examine a troubled period in French history: the collapse of the Second Empire, the Franco-Prussian War, the Invasion, the Commune, and the birth of the Third Republic.
Ex-library copy, with bookplate on inside of front cover (Occidental College). Text in French. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #41362