Some Rather Dirty Bathers
Types des bains de marais. [France: ca. 1880]. 12mo (11.2 x 74 cm, 4.4 x 28.9"). 11 col. plts.
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A curious and scarce little volume: a pocket-sized, pull-out set of aquatint images of Frenchmen and women luxuriating in — and in one case, falling out of! — an array ofmud baths. These plates appear to have been gathered as a sort of bawdy bathhouse souvenir; they display an amusingly large number of bare bottoms (on otherwise fully mud-coated bathers) of both female and male persuasions, along with a few bare breasts. The final two of the eleven plates are done in a different style, and bear German captions: One is a visual joke involving a set of scales and a lady of a certain avoirdupois (“Sonderbar! Sie wiegen ja rein gar nichts!”), and one features a boasting dandy avowing he's only at the spa to snub the other spa-goers, not to take the cure himself.
The contents unfold accordion-style in one long strip in aleporello binding, each plate attached to the next with cloth tape. Fully extended, the array of images is almost two and a half feet long.
Binding: Publisher's brown cloth, front cover with elaborate arabesque panelled and pieced design in gilt and black.
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WorldCat does not find any institutional holdings of this remarkable item.
Bound as above, corners and spine extremities slightly rubbed but the whole very bright; paper (only) across hinges (inside) cracked. Pencilled annotations on back pastedown and lower margin of first plate, otherwise clean (speaking purely in terms of condition!). (31402)
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