Friday, October 1, 2010

Artist Book: Balzac: Droll Stories

Balzac's Droll Stories contains 10 short stories and 424 engravings by Gustave Dore. Though this work can't strictly be called an artist book because Balzac didn't produce the engravings it certainly is close kin to that genre of work. It is definitely a well illustrated book. This book was published during an era when the visual arts and fiction were more closely related than today.

He penned these humorous stories from 1832-1833. The stories concern 16th century dames, knights, monks, manners and other aspects of that time. The first edition was published in 1832. Dore illustrated the 1855 edition of Contes Drolatiques. The illustration by Gustave Dore is entitled The Beauty of Constance.

Droll Stories

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