Gustave Doré | First Editions
1832 - 1882Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (6 January 1832 – 23 January 1883) was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator, and sculptor, working primarily with wood engraving. He was born in Strasbourg on 6 January 1832.
At the age of twelve, Doré began carving in cement. Three short years later, he began his career working as a caricaturist for the French paper Le Journal pour rire, and subsequently went on to win commissions to depict scenes from books by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante. This was to be the start of a hugely successful career, in which Doré would illustrate the works of Lord Byron, Edgar Allen Poe, Cervantes, Coleridge, Milton, a new illustrated Bible, and many other iconic works. He is now considered to be one of the great illustrators of the 19th century, and his images remain highly collectible.
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London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, no date . [Classic Literature] DORE ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Quarto (32 x 26cm), pp. xxviii, 737. With 118 full-page engraved illustrations by Gustave Dore, as well as numerous in-text illustrations. Handsomely bound in half brown oasis morocco, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, green.....
London: Chatto and Windus, n.d. . ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Later impression. Octavo. pp. xxi, 640 . With numerous engraved plates by Dore, including frontispiece and title-page vignette. In publisher's mauve cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt stamping to upper board. Navy end-papers. Gathering loose facing p. 480, otherwise crisp.....