If you were a consumer of literature in the nineteenth century, chances are the volumes in your library featured the illustrations of Gustave DorÃ©.
From the Bible to Shakespeare, Balzac to Milton, Cervantes to Poe, DorÃ©â€™s intricate, romantic, and exuberant drawings brought great works to life, and were as treasured as the stories and poetry they depicted.
Furthermore, as this magnificent book reveals, he was also a skilled sculptor, painter, and cartoonist.
This book spans DorÃ©â€™s entire career, with chapters dedicated to specific works such as The Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, Tennysonâ€™s Idylls of the King, and medieval fairy talesâ€”each featuring exquisite full-page reproductions that allow DorÃ©â€™s genius for line, shading, and texture to shine through.
The authors also provide a background on the techniques that DorÃ© employed to achieve his exquisite works.
Fans of DorÃ© will appreciate this volumeâ€™s spectacular production, which features quarter binding, gold foil stamping, embossing on the cover and spine, a belly band, and silkscreen printing on three edges.
Filled with incisive analysis and expert historical perspectives, this book is the consummate collectorâ€™s itemâ€”a volume as expansive and sensational as the artist himself.