Mulhouse (Haut - Rhin) : La Renaissance Universelle, Imprimerie Ch. Bahy; Collection du Livre D'Art de l'Enfance at de la Jeunesse, 1922, presumed 1st; ivory boards with gilt decoration in margins, silhouette of Rosalba teaching her cat and her doll, little orange silhouettes on pink endpapers, 56 Hérouard compositions; 8.8x11.25"; np. Bound in at the back is a heavy card ad for this book and for La Romance du Troubadour, with suggestions for colouring the artwork on the back. French language hardback. medium.
Three stories: Rosalba, a story of an unforgettable birthday party for good little girls, Joseph the Savoyard, who learns to play the violin from the local curé and goes to Paris to seek his fortune and Pataud, a grateful dog, rescued from drowning, who serves his master for the rest of his life. Each page is a different elaborate and delicate silhouette picture with the text superimposed. Chéri Hérouard (1881 - 1961) was a French book and magazine illustrator who was most famously known for forty-five-years of his elegant and rather risque work for French society magazine, La Vie Parisienne. (Wikipedia).
CONDITION: Very Good; bumps to extremities, especially bottom corners to 1/2"; pages flat and clean with toned edges, a few chips from opening the pages. Item #20408