Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 37

Price Realized: $ 6,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500


Bound album of 56 drawings for La Grande Diablerie.

56 original illustrations for Éloy d'Amerval's semi-erotic novel La Grande Diablerie, Poème du xve siècle,(Paris: Georges Hurtrel, 1884). Pen and ink, occasional graphite, and some on printed proof backgrounds with enhanced ink decoration; each mounted on tabs bound into unsigned modern half brown morocco, spine decorated with small devils, stars, scrolls, and a central vampire bat. A copy of the published book accompanies the album of artwork.

The illustrations show the devil as his mischievous self, appearing to the viewer, but not the subjects for whom he is about to cause trouble. "Delightful publication printed in a small number, enriched with a quantity of coloured chapter headings, endpapers and hors texte, finely engraved and in the best taste [...] Curious bibliophile work" Caillet (I, 255) Vicaire (I, 40).

Fraipont was a Belgian painter, sculptor, illustrator and poster-designer. Born in Belgium, he later became a naturalized French citizen.