French caricaturist Jean-Jacques Grandville (103-1847) would have celebrated his 211th birthday last week. Thanks to sturdy books and meticulous digitization, his fantastical illustrations live on for generations to enjoy. The Library acquired, also last week, an 1869 edition of Métamorphoses du jour (1869) which established his fame worldwide in 1828-29. The work is comprised of a series of seventy hand-colored lithographs in which individuals with the bodies of men and faces of animals play out a human comedy of Parisian life. It will be shelved in The Bancroft Library with other visual masterpieces of Grandville such as Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux (1842) and Les fleurs animées (1847).
In HathiTrust, you can find digital surrogates of varying quality of most of the books Grandville illustrated including Un autre monde; transformations, visions, incarnations … et autres choses (1844), Fables de La Fontaine (1838), Les fleurs animées (1847), and Scènes de la vie privée et publique des animaux (1842).