1842. Paris: J. Hentzel et Paulin, 1842.
Two volumes, 4to, , 386, ; , 390, . Frontispiece, engraved head and tail pieces and vignettes in each volume, and with a total of 201 full page wood-engraved plates after Grandville. Original publisher's full red morocco, stamped in gold on backstrips and both covers. Backstrips slightly faded, crowns repaired, a little rubbing to extremities, hinges cracked, but generally a clean copy in very good condition.
§ First edition. Of great rarity in the publisher's de luxe binding thus. Of it Gordon Ray writes: "The moving force behind this book was its publisher P.J. Hentzel, who himself contributed many chapters under the pseudonym P. J. Stahl. Hentzel's primary objective, as he remarks in his preface was 'to give words to Grandville's marvelous (people-like) animals, and to join our pen with his pencil, thereby coming to his assistance in criticizing the aberrations of our epoch, and by preference among these aberrations, those which are of every period and every country.'. Bouchot described the result as the best satire on French manners during the middle of the century..." Ray: "Art of the French Illustrated Book" #194. Also Carteret III, 552-559; Vicaire VII: 405-416; Brivois p. 370; Sander 312. Item #9103