(London: John C. Nimio, 1889). 300 x 228 mm. (11 3/4 x 9"). 4 p. l., [iv], 160 pp. First Edition in English. No. 35 OF 100 LARGE PAPER COPIES ON JAPANESE VELLUM.
Pleasant blue-green three-quarter morocco over blue cloth by Stikeman & Co. (stamp-signed in ink on front free endpaper), raised bands, spine heavy gilt. With 160 illustrations, many printed in color, by Paul Avril. Corners rubbed to boards, a breath of wear to extremities, paper with a hint of toning along top edge, but a very good copy, entirely clean and pleasingly bound.
As with many of his other works, Uzanne here collaborated with artist Paul Avril (1849-1928), whose witty, ingenious illustrations merge with and overlap the text in an unusual but ultimately successful manner. The illustrations appear in a range of colors, from midnight blue to burnt sienna, and many several have been highlighted with metallic gold. It was originally published in French the year before, as "Le Miroir du Monde." In addition to producing a number of books like this one, on the foibles of society, Uzanne (1852-1931) also wrote biographies and books about books, including significant works on bookbinding. (ST13599-20)
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