Le Triomphe d’Apollon ou les chefs d’oeuvres de ses favoris Almanach lyrique et galant.
Le Triomphe d’Apollon ou les chefs d’oeuvres de ses favoris Almanach lyrique et galant.
Le Triomphe d’Apollon ou les chefs d’oeuvres de ses favoris Almanach lyrique et galant.

Le Triomphe d’Apollon ou les chefs d’oeuvres de ses favoris Almanach lyrique et galant. Paris: Jubert, doreur, [for] Bailly, libraire, [1785/1786].

24mo (binding size 97 x 60 mm). Collation: A12 (text ) [B]12 (gaming tables). 12; 24 (gaming tables); 13-24 pp., but bound without A5.8 (pp. 9-10 and 15-16). Hand-colored engraved title and 9 hand-colored engravings, printed two to a bifolium, fold-out engraved calendar for 1786 wrapped around the text block. Contemporary embroidered binding of cream silk with foliate, floral and ribbon design built up from sequins, of which some colored, purl, interlacing metallic thread, and colored thread, green and gold Dutch-gilt pastedown endpapers, pocket inside lower cover lined in pink silk, gilt edges (extremities of spine a bit frayed, a couple of loose threads on backstrip, a sequin detached).***

A very rare almanach galant, published by the founder of the genre, the stationer and binder Jean-Pierre Jubert (active 1771-1789). The originally practical purpose of the almanac, as exemplified in France by the Etrennes mignonnes or the Calendrier de la Cour, came to be eclipsed in the later 18th century in favor of the frivolous pleasures of pretty bindings and light-hearted illustrations. Intended for ladies’ (or gentlemen’s) pocketbooks, and consisting entirely of love poems or songs, almanacs could be purchased with a choice of bells and whistles, including special bindings and colored illustrations. This almanac contains the lyrics to loosely linked songs on the theme of female jealousy, to be sung to popular melodies. With its intricately embroidered binding, silk-lined pocket for love notes, and gaudily colored engravings, it typifies the almanacs produced by Jubert, who ceded his bindery and shop to his son-in-law Pierre-Étienne Janet in 1789 (see no. 6 below). Most of Jubert’s almanacs include a fold-out calendar with the months in columns topped by astrological vignettes, either entirely engraved, as here, or letterpress with woodcut vignettes.

This copy was mistakenly bound without one of the sheets, containing the lyrics for the songs "L'Heureux repentir" and "Les libérateurs chéris," illustrated in plates [3] and [6]. The edition was unknown to Grand Carteret. I locate one copy, at the BnF. Item #2688j

Price: $3,000.00