Paris: Quantin, ; book in wraps was bound in Antique Tennis Print in 1945 by W. J. Hollands, 6 hand coloured plates as issued, 7 b/w; 300 illustrations in text, showing toy design, cottage industries and factories; 8.75x10.75, as bound; [iv] 32. French language hardback with wraps.
A famous and invaluable source, thorough & well illustrated. A brief history of ancient toys and a longer one on French toys, a fascinating look at the manufacture of toys, in large factories, small ateliers, and prisons: expensive toys and a longer chapter on toys for the marketplace. In the third section, the author discusses the culture and philosophy of different sorts of toys, citing both current and older authors. (A balanced view of educational toys, which holds true today.) The last chapters cover marketing (posters for toy exhibitions) and contemporary toys as of 1893. It was very difficult to select just a few images from this comprehensive work!
Clarétie, also a novelist, a travel writer, and a literary historian, wrote a second book on French toys in 1920. I cannot find an English translation of either.
CONDITION: Very Good; rubbed spine folds; foxing throughout especially. eps and prelims. A heavy book, additional postage may apply. Item #16504