Rare limited edition book comprising text with a collection of printed facsimiles of memorabilia dealing with the events of the 27th and 28th of July 1794, during the second year of the French Revolution. It has 77 illustration plates of original prints and documents compiled, described and classified by André Marty, with an introduction by G. Lenotre, an expert on the Revolution and the Reign of Terror. The illustrations appear in both color and black-and-white, some heliotypes and pochoirs, and include portraits, letters, decrees, views and caricatures. The pictures vary in size from full-page to smaller ones tipped onto larger pages. Attractively bound in red leather, this would make a wonderful gift for someone interested in the French Revolution.
The book begins with a full text description of events on July 27 and 28, 1794, called the 9th and 10th day of Thermidor in the Republican calendar adopted for a 13-year period after the French Revolution. On 9 Thermidor, an insurrection rose up against Maximilien Robespierre, who was then guillotined the following day, ending the Reign of Terror.
Théodore Gosselin, who wrote under the pen name of G. Lenotre (the surname literally means "ours"), was from the Lorraine region. When Germany annexed the territory, his country chose France. Moving to Paris, he obtained a position in the finance ministry, but his true passion was history. He published articles in publications such as Figaro, Revue des deux mondes, Monde illustré and Temps. He also produced numerous works dealing with the French Revolution, especially the Reign of Terror, constructed from his research into primary documents of the era. Lenotre's work was recognized and admired by his contemporaries -- he was made an officer of the Legion of Honor and in 1932 was elected to the Académie Française.
Condition: Generally very good, the interior contents with usual light overall toning though little to no wear. Some scattered foxing to preliminary and end blank pages. Covers very good with scattered wear, mostly to edges. Some fraying of edges and spine, as usual, though very much intact. Light scratching to cover design.
"Théodore Gosselin, dit G. Lenotre." Académie Française. http://www.academie-francaise.fr/immortels/base/academiciens/fiche.asp?param=561 (27 July 2004).