BOHEMIAN LIFE IN MONTMARTRE, WITH 148 SPLENDID ILLUSTRATIONS BY PIERRE VIDAL
MONTORGUEIL, Georges. La Vie à Montmartre. Illustrations de Pierre Vidal. Paris: G. Boudet, (1899). Quarto, early 20th-century full brown crushed morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated cover borders and spine, embroidered doublures, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. $2500.
Limited edition of this engaging account of Paris Bohemian life, number 499 of only 750 copies, with chromolithographic frontispiece, 15 color section titles, and 132 in-text black-and-white lithographic vignettes-all by Pierre Vidal. Beautifully bound by H. Philippe.
"In 1896 and again in 1897, Montmartre Bohemians… organized the Fête de la Vache Enragée, a festival which parodied the traditional Fête du Boeuf Gras associated with Mardi Gras festivities. Instead of celebrating the fatted calf, a symbol of plenty, the Fête de la Vacche Enragée was dedicated to the poor… For the festivities, [participants] organized a dancing parade through Montmartre, which they dubbed 'La Vachalcade" (Venita Datta). Journalist Georges Montorgueil devotes a large portion of La Vie à Montmartre to the poor, the Fête, the dance, and "la veilleuse de nuit." Vidal captures Montmartre's architecture, daily life, religion, politics, the art world, music, dancing, cabarets, and nightlife. Text in French. Original illustrated paper wrappers, featuring La Vachalcade, bound in.
Front inner hinge expertly reinforced. About-fine condition, beautifully bound.