L'Eclipse. Year 1, No. 1 (Jan. 26, 1868) through Year 9, No. 400 (June 25, 1876) (all published).

443 issues (incl. 37 bis, and 6 suppl.) in 3 vols., most 4 pp., comprising a complete run of the satirical weekly newspaper L'Eclipse, which succeeded publisher François Polo's "La Lune" after it was banned by the authorities, with profuse illustrations and political parody, including extraordinary full-page and center-spread color caricatures, chiefly by André Gill, with examples by Paul Hadol, Alfred Le Petit, Pépin [Claude Guillaumin] et al., numerous issues with caricatures on front and rear covers, this edition with title, half-title and table of contents preceding each year, the final volume bound together with the portfolio "Dessins de l'Eclipse: Interdits par la Censure": 21 lithographs of alternate covers refused by the Parisian censors. Intermittent toning and minor foxing, some marginal fraying, a few small, closed tears, generally very good. Folio. Contemporary half-leather boards, raised spine, gilt-tooled title and ornament, marbled endpapers, extremities rubbed, corners bumped, edges foxed. Paris 1868-1876.

L'Eclipse was one of the most important satirical papers of its time. Gill's inflammatory caricatures lampooned volatile French politics of the late Second Empire, the Franco-Prussian War (the paper was suspended from Sept. 1870-June 1871 following the collapse of the Empire and during the Paris Commune) and the Third Republic, with allegorical images and frequent depictions of Napoleon III, Bismarck, Léon Gambetta, Adolphe Thiers, and François-Vincent Raspail, alongside literary and artistic celebrities including Jules Verne, Gustave Courbet, Emile Zola, Richard Wagner, and Victor Hugo.

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