Paris Avant l’Histoire (page 1/2)

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[picture: Front Cover]

Images from Paris avant l’Historire, (Paris before history) by Élie Berthet, illustrated by F.Bourdin, with engravings by C. Bellinger, E. Chevallier, E. Dargent, Farlet, A. Léveillé and Puyplat, 1885.

I bought this book in Paris in September 2013 in a small bookshop not far from the Bastille monument, down past the Opera.

The book was first published in 1884 as Romans préhistoriques: le monde inconnu.

Title: Paris Avant l’Histoire

Author: Berthet, Élie

Published by: Jouvet et Co.

City: Paris

Date: 1885

Total items: 6

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Foliated chapterhead with dragons]

Foliated chapterhead with dragons

This fleuron or chapterhead is at the start of part III of the novel. It has four dragon’s heads with barbed tongues in a symmetrical pattern, surrounded by leaves perhaps like clover. [more...] [$]

[picture: A Dream: Tertiary man (Ultra HD TV version)]

A Dream: Tertiary man (Ultra HD TV version)

A detail cropped to a widescreen format from the Frontispiece showing the naked youth sitting in a nest in a tree, with the river and elephants behind him. [more...] [$]

[picture: Front Cover]

Front Cover

My copy of Paris avant l’Historire is bound in quarter-leather with marbled boards. [$]

[picture: The Archdruid]

The Archdruid

The Archdruid, or chief druid, is depicted in this engraving standing near a stone monolith and holding herbs and a curved knife for harvesting plants. He is bearded and has perhaps a wreath of oak leaves on [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Frontispiece: A Dream: Tertiary Man.]

Frontispiece: A Dream: Tertiary Man.

A naked man sits in a tree hugging his knees, his bare feet dangling. Behind him is a lake or river with elephants grazing. A bird wades through a marsh in the foreground. The man has short hair and appears beardless, perhaps a boy, although one has to wonder about priorities in a world with barbers but no clothing. The youth is sitting in a nest, perhaps [...] [more...] [$]


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Images from Paris avant l’Historire, (Paris before history) by Élie Berthet, illustrated by F.Bourdin, with engravings by C. Bellinger, E. Chevallier, E. Dargent, Farlet, A. Léveillé and Puyplat, 1885.

I bought this book in Paris in September 2013 in a small bookshop not far from the Bastille monument, down past the Opera.

The book was first published in 1884 as Romans préhistoriques: le monde inconnu.


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