Perles et Parures. Fantaisie par Gavarni. Texte par Méry : Les Parures. – Les Joyaux.
2 volumes large in-8º of , 300pp, 32 pl. (of which front) - , 316 pp, 34 pl. (of which front); bound in blue half-maroquin with corners, spines decorated, gilt heads, Binding signed H. Blanchetière. Covers and spine preserved, as well as one of the delivery covers in each volume. Some foxing, two small snags to one spine, one lower jaw very slightly split, small scuffing to boards.
First printings of Gavarni's lovely Fantaisie, with the frontispieces and plates in double condition.
The texts by Méry on finery (volume 1) and jewels (volume 2) are followed respectively by two studies by Count Foelix: Histoire de la mode and Minéralogie des dames.
The illustration consists of a frontispiece repeated in each volume in two states (in black and on chine applied) and 31 hors-texte plates (15+16) engraved on steel by Geoffroy after Gavarni, colored on wove paper in beautiful frames cut in lace (with the title in the lace), mounted on ochre paper, and a suite of these 31 engravings in black on chine.
A deluxe copy, the only one with the lace frames.