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Title: Le RIRE . Journal humoristique. Nos. 1 - 430 ( complete run of the first series). Nos. 1- 491 ( second series). 1894 - 1912. Bound in 12 volumes (first series) + 7 volumes ( second series nrs. 152-491)
Description: Paris, F. Juven éditeur, 122 rue Réaumur, 1894 - 1912, issues of 12 pages, 31 x 23 cm, 921 consecutive issues ( first 18 years complete). First series bound in 12 vols uniform brown half morocco, boards covered with marbled paper, Gilt title on spines, marbled endpapers. Bindings in very good shape. The binding is signed with a rubber stamp on the inside of vol. 1 - ''G. Engel - Spa '' (Belgium). The second series is bound in uniform red half leather. The interior is fine but the bindings show some sign of wear. All issues ( 921) complete with the covers and the the out-of-text plates. Issue 1 dates from 10 november 1894 -> Issue 430 ( 31st january 1903) ; new series - issue 1 (7th february 1903 -> Issue 491 (29 june 1912) All In very good condition, notwithstanding the usual tiny tears at some pages, the frayed margins of the out-of-text plates. On the whole a very fine run of this leading French satirical weekly. Exceptionally long run of this famous Parisian humorous and satirical weekly. The first and the last page contains allways a full-page coloured illustration. In the first years Toulouse-Lautrec was a regular contributor with 11 full page drawings in the first three years. Among the other illustrators we find all the famous draughtsmen of the French Belle Epoque; e.g. Valloton, Forain, Willette, Josset, Paul, Steinlen, Cappiello, Villon, Iribe, Chéret, C. Morin, Kupka, Gus Bofa....After this second series which ended at the beginning of the First World War (issue nr. 600 was the last) another two series were published : during WWI 215 issues were published under the title '' Le Rire Rouge''. It resumed after the war and even continued until 1971 ! (Issues after the WWI are very difficult to find. It seems that the interest to collect ''Le Rire'' and have them bound in yearly volumes seems to have vanished in those days. .

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Price: EUR 5000.00 = appr. US$ 5434.23 Seller: Antiquariaat Wim de Goeij
- Book number: 53627