Conte Sous-Marin. Papillon, Roi de Ruthie, Fanfreluche, Annette et Doric.…

Conte Sous-Marin. Papillon, Roi de Ruthie, Fanfreluche, Annette et Doric. by HOVINE, Laure. Jeanne HOVINE, illustrator.

~ Conte Sous-Marin. Papillon, Roi de Ruthie, Fanfreluche, Annette et Doric. Brussels: imp industrielle et Financière, [ c.1913].

16mo (234 × 160 mm), pp. 85, [3]. Uncut in original wrappers and illustrative dust jacket. Dust jacket slight rubbed, otherwise excellent. Presentation inscription.

First edition, with inscription from the Hovine sisters. Number 31 of 50 examples on papier spécial (there are a further 25 on Japon. Total edition 75). Jeanne and Laure Hovine grew up in Belgium under a mother who was an actress in amateur theatre, Jeanne born in 1888 and Laure in 1896. From a young age Jeanne joined her mother on stage, reciting poetry for her audiences, she would later go on to become a successful comedian who devoted her life to radio and theatre. Laure also showed talent in writing children’s stories, which Jeanne illustrated. In 1918 the sisters published Journal d’une Poupée Belge pendant la guerre for the Child Health Foundation, in the same year as Conte Sous-Marin. Jeanne Hovine was the first female Belgian comic artist and paved the way for later names such as Madeleine Gérard, Nina Jacqmin and Suzanne Rosenberg. Not in Bibliothèque nationale.

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