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The Fantastic Gustave Dore


“Few works are better suited to the printed page than the inky illustrations of printmaker Gustave Doré, and few (if any exist) are better enclosures of his exquisite engravings than this book. Plus, this pinpoint presentation is the perfect takeaway size for the precise artistry of such an outsized talent.”

– Don / Sales Associate

If you were a consumer of literature in the 19th century, chances are the volumes in your library featured the illustrations of Gustave Doré. From the Bible to Shakespeare, Balzac to Milton, Cervantes to Poe, Doré’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 Doré’s entire career, with chapters dedicated to specific works such as The Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and medieval fairy tales—each featuring exquisite full-page reproductions that allow Doré’s genius for line, shading, and texture to shine through. Hardcover, 480 pages.

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