[Sibylle-Gabrielle-Marie-Antoinette de Riquetti de Mirabeau / Sibylle-Gabrielle-Marie-Antoinette de Riquetti de Martel de Janville] GYP, BOB A L’EXPOSITION Par GYP. Dessins de BOB. Troisième Édition. Paris : Calmann Lévy, Éditeur, Ancienne Maison Michel Lévy Frères, 3 Rue Auber, 3, 1889. In-8. Half-cloth on marbled boards. [viii ; 120 pages]. Imp. Mouillot, 13. Quai Voltaire, 38300. French language text. Original green wrapper bound in. 23 cm x 17.5 cm. Gyp (1849 – 1932) is a pseudonym for the author-illustrator, Sibylle-Gabrielle-Marie-Antoinette de Riquetti de Mirabeau. Vicaire III: 1187- 1188.
This humorous children’s book begins with discussion of the newly finished Eiffel Tower, as it was at the entrance to the Exposition Universelle of 1889 held in Paris, and its mention in the dialogue between Bob and l’Abbé opens their discussion of people, places, ideas and things at the Exposition, held in the centennial year of the storming of the Bastille in 1789. The profuse in-text illustrations also reflect the presence of multi-cultural events at the Exposition. There were dancers from Java, whose gamelan orchestra so impressed Claude Debussy. Also, the many full-page black-and-white illustrations show the presence of Middle Eastern and African culture at the Exposition. This is a very good copy.