[HANDCOLOURING]. LIÈVRE, Édouard (illustrator). Les Douze Mois &c. Paris; Viginet, rue de Lanery 39. .
Landscape 4to. Original green cloth-backed darker green pebble-grain publisher's cloth with a rococo panel and title lettering in gilt; ff. , interleaved with blank guards; with a title-page printed in black, gilt, and russet and 12 fine and glorious handcoloured lithographs, each 100 x 75mm and titled in the plate; a very good example of a scarce item with abrasion, and some shelf-wear, to board edges, rubbing to corners, and cracking to upper hinge but otherwise internally near fine with just mild offsetting to endpapers; very scarce.
First edition. A finely produced plate book composed of a series of carefully handcoloured lithographs featuring children engaged in various adult activities representing the twelve months of the year. The artwork, printed on fine paper, is handsomely presented with wide margin. The young are shown in adult costumes, dressed as artists, peasants, jockeys, train travellers, huntsmen and even staggering drunk from a beer festival Only 2 copies located online, both on WorldCat (Indiana State and New York Public Library); no additional copies listed on KVK, or appearing on the commercial market at the time of cataloguing.