IBELS, Henry-Gabriel. ~ Les Demi-cabots, le café-concert, le cirque, les forains. Textes de Georges d’Esparbès, André Ibels, Maurice Lefèvre, Georges Montorgueil. Paris: [Evreux: Charles Hérissey for] G. Charpentier et E. Fasquelle, 1896.
18mo (206 × 135 mm), pp. , 246, illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers preserved in original boards with printed spine, with original dust jacket also with printed spine. Spine of jacket rather soiled. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
First edition of this classic belle époque survey of the culture of the café-concert and the circus. This copy is number 52 of 100 on chine, with additional folding poster and plate at end, this copy also with an original signed ink and pastel drawing tipped to the front free endpaper inscribed: ‘Pour le bibliophile Edmond Fargeau. Hommage cordiale H.G. Ibels. Xbre 1910’. Ibels was one of the major commercial graphic artists of the period and a collaborator of Toulouse-Lautrec’s.