Epinal, France: Imagerie D'Epinal, No date [c. 1888]. Boards. [HUMOR] [RACIST CARICATURE]. Folio; 56pp; pages numbered 1-60 printed recto only on very thin paper stock, lacking pp15, 16, 17, and 19—SEE NOTE BELOW; red pictorial boards on front, rear has green and white patterned boards, green cloth shelf-back; “Printed expressly for the Humoristic Publishing Company, Kansas City, Mo.” on the foot of each page; cartoon-style, hand-colored lithographed illustrations; light scuffing to boards at edges and bumped corner, age-toned paper, fragile, 3pp with closed tears extending into text: 9&10 from fore-edge and 31 from bottom; very good plus. OCLC only locates two copies in English at Yale and Princeton, and two in France in French. Very good +. Item #1464
Although the cover title is in French, the cartoon text is all in English. Published in France by the old and revered Imagerie D’Epinal, founded by the Jean-Charles Pellerin family in 1796 and continuing today, it was printed for the Humoristic Publishing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Famous stories and tales, many moralistic, are included in comic strip form, one story to a page. Included are: William Tell, Little Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella.
Fifty-six hand-colored cartoons printed one side only. Overstreet states that “All copies known only have 50 of the 60 known of these broadsheets.” And, “All known copies were collected with sheets 15-20, 23, 24, 47, and 48 missing.” In this volume, pages 15, 16, 17, and 19 only are lacking. Overstreet 366.