Les Jeux et Plaisirs de l'Enfance, by STELLA, Jacques (1596-1657).BOUZONNET-STELLA,…

STELLA, Jacques (1596-1657).
BOUZONNET-STELLA, Claudine (1636-1697).

Les Jeux et Plaisirs de l'Enfance, d’après Jacques Stella; terminés par Chaponnier. Paris, Chaise, c. 1806.

Oblong 8vo (230 x 155mm). ff. 25: [ii], [13] of facing text (with typographical border) and 12 sheets of plates, the odd thumb mark, occasional very minor offsetting from plates, contemporary tree sheep, single blind ruled, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label, marbled endpapers, extremities slightly rubbed, small scattered worm holes or trails to upper cover.

A delightful illustrated celebration of the delights of childhood games, depicting naked cherubs at play. Each plate is accompanied by facing text, providing an explanation of the game and a short verse. First published with fifty plates in 1657, this work was originally produced ‘à la poupée’ by the celebrated Lyonnaise printmaker Claudine Bouzonnet-Stella after designs by her uncle, Jacques Stella. Here reprinted in a selection of 12 plates by Alexandre Chaponnier after the originals, it features an explanatory text for each plate on the process and rules of each game including dice, ball and others more obscure or no longer remembered. Printed on thick, high-quality paper and preserving the original tissue guards, this charming work makes a wonderful addition to any study of childhood.
Joseph Strutt wrote about Claudien Bouzonnet-Stella’s work: ‘If they be not executed with that precision and neatness, which are found in the best French masters, they possess such beauties as overbalance all defects of that nature. The naked parts of the figures are exceedingly well-drawn; and the characters of the heads are finely expressed. She delineated the other extremities with great taste and correctness’ (Strutt, A Biographical Dictionary, 1786, p. 337).

OCLC locates one copy at Princeton; Brunet V, 529 (1657 ed.).

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