A complete series of four 20 pp. albums, the first three with a single page explanatory introduction followed by pages featuring colorful graphic images, the first album featuring simple everyday objects such as an ax, an iron, a teapot, sewing notions, a coffee mill, and a shaving set, the second album with images of flowers and plants, and the third with more objects and food items including a toothbrush and toothpaste, a paint palette, an apple, slippers, an egg cup, mushrooms, an ink bottle, colored pencils and a fried egg, the fourth album of slightly different format with two pages of instruction followed by 16 pages of symmetrical botanical and geometric motifs. Vivdly illustrated. Square 8vo. (21 x 21 cm). Original pictorial illustrated wrpps., some minor wear and soiling to covers. Paris (Flammarion/Gaston Maillet et Cie) 1948.
Pierre Belvès worked for the publisher Flammarion, illustrating a good number of the series "Les albums du Père Castor", of which these are a part. In this Découpages series, Belvès created small tableaux which could be copied and cut out of colored paper. "Chaque page de cet album est un petit tableau que vous pouvez reproduire facilement en découpant des morceaux de papier de couleur et en les collant sur une feuille de papier blanc."
The albums were aimed at children, to help them learn to copy and cut. "Ne dessinez rien. Découpez directement chaque forme dans le papier de couleur. Découpez hardiment, la main droite maniant les diseaux, la main gauche guidant le papier."
As of April 2021, OCLC locates three holdings in North American institutions.
Book ID: 51165