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The ransack of the castle (Quentin Durward).

Alexandre Desenne, from Œuvres complètes de Walter Scott (The complete works of Walter Scott) vol. 56, Paris, 1826.

Alexandre Desenne was a typical Restoration (1814-1830) illustrator. He fills the gap between Moreau le Jeune, foremost among illustrators of the previous era, and fully-fledged Romantics, such as Achille Devéria or Tony Johannot (the engraver for this illustration). He was the first illustrator of Lamartine’s Les Méditations, and besides working on series of complete works, of which publishers of the time were still fond (Molière, Racine…), he illustrated Etienne de Jouy’s L’Hermite de la Chaussée d’Antin and its sequels, which is considered as his masterpiece. For the Complete Works of Walter Scott he was said to have tried to imitate the “English manner.”

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The ransack of the castle (Quentin Durward).

Alexandre Desenne, from Œuvres complètes de Walter Scott (The complete works of Walter Scott) vol. 56, Paris, 1826.

Alexandre Desenne was a typical Restoration (1814-1830) illustrator. He fills the gap between Moreau le Jeune, foremost among illustrators of the previous era, and fully-fledged Romantics, such as Achille Devéria or Tony Johannot (the engraver for this illustration). He was the first illustrator of Lamartine’s Les Méditations, and besides working on series of complete works, of which publishers of the time were still fond (Molière, Racine…), he illustrated Etienne de Jouy’s L’Hermite de la Chaussée d’Antin and its sequels, which is considered as his masterpiece. For the Complete Works of Walter Scott he was said to have tried to imitate the “English manner.”

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Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Richard Doyle, frontispiece from The king of the Golden river, by  John Ruskin, Boston, 1885.

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Richard Doyle, frontispiece from The king of the Golden river, by John Ruskin, Boston, 1885.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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Edmond Morin, frontispiece from Le bibliophile amoureux (The bibliophile in love), by  Alexis Martin, Paris, 1866.

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Edmond Morin, frontispiece from Le bibliophile amoureux (The bibliophile in love), by Alexis Martin, Paris, 1866.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

oldbookillustrations will be slowing down for a couple of weeks.

Sunday August 10 2014 — 12 notes
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Please, suh, Brer Fox, let me off dis time!

A. B. Frost, from Uncle Remus and his friends, by Joel Chandler  Harris, Boston, 1892.

A zip file containing the six illustrations of the latest series can be downloaded at this link.

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Please, suh, Brer Fox, let me off dis time!

A. B. Frost, from Uncle Remus and his friends, by Joel Chandler Harris, Boston, 1892.

A zip file containing the six illustrations of the latest series can be downloaded at this link.

(Source: archive.org)

Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Brer Lion walk up ter de spring en look in. Sho’ nuff, dar was a big creetur lookin’ back at ‘im.

A. B. Frost, from Uncle Remus and his friends, by Joel Chandler  Harris, Boston, 1892.

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Brer Lion walk up ter de spring en look in. Sho’ nuff, dar was a big creetur lookin’ back at ‘im.

A. B. Frost, from Uncle Remus and his friends, by Joel Chandler Harris, Boston, 1892.

(Source: archive.org)

Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Brer Rabbit look like he feel sorry kaze Brer Fox sech a numbskull.

A. B. Frost, from Uncle Remus and his friends, by Joel Chandler  Harris, Boston, 1892.

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Brer Rabbit look like he feel sorry kaze Brer Fox sech a numbskull.

A. B. Frost, from Uncle Remus and his friends, by Joel Chandler Harris, Boston, 1892.

(Source: archive.org)

Sunday, August 10, 2014
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He horns done ‘gun ter grow, en hoofs come out on his han’s en foots, en de cloze drap off… 

A. B. Frost, from Uncle Remus and his friends, by Joel Chandler  Harris, Boston, 1892.

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He horns done ‘gun ter grow, en hoofs come out on his han’s en foots, en de cloze drap off…

A. B. Frost, from Uncle Remus and his friends, by Joel Chandler Harris, Boston, 1892.

(Source: archive.org)

Saturday, August 9, 2014