[Paris? circa 1890s].
Softcover. Quarto. Measuring 8¼” x 10½”. 71 sheets, five of which are folded, printed on rectos in multiple colors. Stapled at the topedge in the original printed wrapper. Dust soiling and some staining on the front wrap, scattered tears to the paper strip along the topedge, bottom left corner of the front wrap is chipped, else very good.
A unique sample catalogue consisting of 13 illustrated broadsides advertising public events (cavalcades, concerts, races, parades, etc.), and with 58 poster illustrations printed in multiple colors, with floral and color borders. The poster designs feature several art nouveau motifs: jasmine, poppy, wisteria, iris, chestnut, etc.
All five folded plates are printed in multiple colors with elaborate designs that feature, respectively: a woman (Cadre Femme), peacock (Cadre Paon), swan (Cadre Cygne), irises (Cadre Iris-Nenuphars), and a bare breasted woman operating a cinema projector (Cadre Cinéma), one of the earliest illustrations of a cinema projector, contemporary with the first public screening of films in Paris by the Lumière Brothers in December 1895.
An attractive and unusual collection of art nouveau designs made up for a printer’s or salesman’s sample catalogue.