1880s Complete Set of 60 Imagerie d’Epinal Comic Broadsides @ Kansas City


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1880s Complete Set of 60 Imagerie d’Epinal Comic Broadsides.

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Kansas, Missouri, 1880s. The George A. Smathers Library at Florida University notes- “Imagerie d’Epinal were pictorial broadsheets that told simple tales done by the Imagerie Pellerin of France, and reprinted by the Humoristic Publishing Co. in Kansas, Missouri. These are important for the history of comics and printing. In Father of the Comic Strip: Rodolphe Töpffer, David Kunzle compares Töpffer’s “kind of graphic naïvete and that of the truly unschooled and awkward Imagerie d’Epinal”. Kunzle argues “the subsequent history of the comic strip occupies this middle ground but inclining more to Töpffer than imagerie populaire”. Kunzle’s overall analysis places Töpffer alongside the likes of Gustave Doré, William Hogarth, Willhelm Busch, and George Cruikshank in publications like Punch, Le Charivari, L’Illustration, and Illustrated London News”.

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60 sheets. 12”x16”. Some sheets with wear and chipping and loss, a few with tears; plate 25 badly torn in several places across the images, but with no actual loss to the images.

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