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Robert-Macaire Libraire. (Caricaturana 14).

  • ARTIST: Honore Daumier

  • PUBLISHER: Published in Album Caricaturana (Les Robert Macaires).

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph,

    DATE: 1838.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 10 1/8 x 8 5/8" (257 x 219 mm) plus title and margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: Ch.Ph.invt. H.D.lith; Chez Aubert, gal.vero dodat; Imp.d'Aubert et de Junca. Caricaturana is a series of 100 lithographs, numbered 1-100. They first appeared in Le Charivari between 1836 and 1838. They also were sold in a bound album format with the title "Les Robert Macaires." Each image was printed on heavy wove paper and was offered uncolored for 45 francs and hand colored for 55 francs. <br><br> Text below title reads, "Messieurs et Dames y aurait-il dans cette aimable localite quelqu’un qui voudrait se faire un fort joli revenu sans peine et sans travail?… S’il en est un, qu’il prenne en depot mes abecedaires….. C’est une specialite pour laquelle il n’est pas besoin d’etre libraire, pas besoin d’etre connaisseur, pas besoin de savoir lire, au contraire! – Il suffit de me verser un cautionnement….. Les plus gros sont les meilleurs, comme dit la chanson." <br><br> Translation - "Ladies and gentlemen, would there be anyone in this pleasant place who'd like to make himself a nice little income, without difficulty and without working?... If there is someone he should stock my primers... You don't have to be a bookseller to be a specialist in this trade, you don't even have to know how to read, quite the contrary!... You only have to pay me a deposit... The bigger the better, as the saying goes."


  • CONDITION: Good condition, fine original hand coloring.

  • REFERENCE: DR #367; HD #1002.