Jules VERNE lithographie originale
These lithographs of JulesVerne are by Julie Dupras. Their origin is connected with the publication of a set of Jules Verne books by publisher Jean de Bonnot.
Each is signed and numbered in pencil in editions of 250 each, and measuring (a small) 14 x 21 cm (though the actual size is 13.4 x 20.5 cm (#1a below) and 14 x 20.9 cm (#2 below). There are also images numbered "EA" (Epreuve d'Artiste)
Since each image was an edition of 250, and Jean de Bonnot may have sold more than 250 sets, then maybe further images of Jules Verne were created. to meet the demand?
**** It seems a little odd that there exists 2 versions of image #1 above. In 1 image the jacket is mostly black and in the other there are more white lines in the colar of Jules' jacket! Comparing with the other images the usual image for #1 may be the one WITH the lines in the jacket.
Each image has a stamp on the reverse to indicate that it is "Estampe Garantie Originale" ("Guaranteed Original"):
At least 1 of the images was created at the request of the editor Jean de Bonnot when they released the re-print of the works of Jules Verne in 1976! (B. Petit a dit qu'une lithographie"a été commandée par l'éditeur Jean de BONNOT quand il a sorti les rééditions des oeuvres de Jules VERNE")
Here are 2 ads for the Verne series with some info on the Dupras print.
From the ad on the right, we learn that it was "une gravure originale sur bois" which I take to mean a "original woodcut". A woodcut is a technique that involves the use of a plank of wood or plywood on which the artist draws a design and then carves away the wood in the parts of the picture that are not to be printed. The raised surface retains some of the pattern of the wood grain which shows up in the finished prints. Only one or two colors can be applied to the plate at one time
Here is an image from an auction at www.delcampe.net, where 4 volumes are being sold along with an image by Dupras and a form letter from the editor. This demonstates the connection between the set and the image.
PLEASE: If you have any information on this series of lithographs, please contact me, and let me know. I would also like to know more about the artist Julie Dupras, but I have been unable to find any information on her in Google!
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