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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Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1976. [Spanish Literature] LEATHER BOUND, first edition thus. Octavo (23 x 17cm), pp. 625 . With numerous wood-engraved illustrations by Dore, including a frontispiece. Publisher's brown full morocco, with raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to spine, and heavy gilt decoration to boards. All.....
London: E. Moxon, Son, and Co., no date . [Illustrated Poetry] FIRST EDITION. Quarto (35 x 26cm), pp.16. With 37 steel-engraved plates by Dore, including a frontispiece, each with a tissue guard and a short passage of poetry facing. Publisher's red cloth, heavily decorated in black and gilt to spine.....