Félix Hilaire Buhot, ‘Le diable amoureux’, Sylvan Cole Gallery

Cazotte, Jacques.
Le Diable Amoureux.
Paris: Petite Bibliotheque de Luxe / A. Quantin, 1878.


3 leaves, 320 pp, 2 leaves, plus frontispiece portrait by Masson, folding autograph facsimile, and several full-page illustrations. Introduction by A.J. Pons, followed by full texts of Le Diable Amoureux, L'Honneur Perdu et Recouvré, and La Prophetie de Cazotte Inventée par La Harpe.

EACH OF THESE THREE TEXTS IS PRECEDED BY AN ORIGINAL EN-TETE ETCHING BY FELIX BUHOT. These complex and mysterious etchings focus on the sinister and surreal aspects of Cazotte's work. They are wonderfully detailed and technically accomplished.

Pp. 307-320 provide an extensive bibliography of editions of Cazotte's works.

Printed on laid paper. Text bordered in red throughout. 8vo. Original wraps. UNCUT. Wraps slightly dusty, else FINE AND BRIGHT. Books illustrated with original etchings by Buhot are scarce.

Bourcard / Goodfriend 96-98 ii/II

About Félix Hilaire Buhot

In constant experimentation, French printmaker Félix Buhot combined a revolving list of processes, tools, papers, and mediums that ultimately produced groundbreaking discoveries for 19th-century printmaking. Using multiple processes on a single print (such as etching, drypoint, aquatint, and photomechanical reproduction), Buhot sought to achieve the maximum number of images he could derive from a single plate, which he printed on alternative papers, often soaked in coffee or tea. The resulting images (usually atmospheric seascapes and cities of England and France) varied in weather or time of day; a single image could have dark skies in one variation and a misty fog in the next. Buhot called his work "paintings on copper" and was known as one of the best painter-etchers of his time. He is also known for creating "symphonic margins," integral vignettes that framed his prints.

French, 1847-1898

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