1847. Paris Gabriel De Gonet 1847.
2 vols., royal 8vo, [iv], 339, ; [iv], 321,  pp. 2 hand-colored additional engraved titles, 50 hand-colored engraved plates, many heightened with gum arabic, 2 plain engraved plates, numerous wood-engraved textual ornaments. Original publisher’s green cloth, blocked in gilt, backstrip gilt, moiré endpapers, all edges gilt. End papers a little soiled, occasional light foxing to the text pages, plates clean, a very good set, very rare in the publisher’s de luxe binding.
§ First edition, first issue, with separate pagination of the two parts.
A lovely set of one of Grandville's best works in the publisher's de luxe binding. Of this book his first biographer wrote: "The Fleurs Animées are the very thought of Grandville; they were his favorite work, the work into the execution of which he put all that was in him of poetic and gracious originality, of dexterity of mind and observation, of that prodigious perspicacity which made divine affinities hitherto unperceived by anyone and discover new worlds.” Two unsigned plates in the introduction by Alphonse Karr are entitled “Botanique des Dames” and “Horticulture des Dames.” Gordon Ray, Art of the French Illustrated Book, 198: “A little world is created, governed by its own laws." Item #7588