Scarce French Paper Doll cut out hardbound book
Scarce French Paper Doll cut out hardbound book featuring 12 hand-drawn and water-colored paper doll pages
Title: AMAZONES D'HIER ET D'AUJOURD'HUI PARÍS 1905 EDICIONES HACHETTE
(Translates to "Amazons of yesterday and today")
Author: Aristide Fabre
Illustrator: Job (Jacques Onfroy de Bréville) (French, 1858–1931)
Publisher: [Paris] : Hachette & Cie, [1905?]
51 pages 12.5" x 10". (32x25 cm), publisher's half-canvas bound, illustrated cardboard covers
Condition – foxing on cover, paper doll pages complete and uncut – see photos
Cover features Joan of Arc and la Grande Mademoiselle Penthesilea (Penthesilea, in Greek mythology, was queen of the Amazons)
1 - The Norman horse
2 - Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons
3 - Joan of Arc
4 - La Grande Mademoiselle (1627-1693)
5 - The Queen Marie-Antoinette
6 - The Princess Palatine
7 - The Arabian horse
8 - Amazon of the Year XI
9 - A circus squire
10 - The Duchess of Angoulême
11 - An Amazon and her groom
12 - Queen Louise of Prussia
The title page (see photo) translates to:
This series of drawings represents the various movements that can be performed by horses. These movements are rigorously exact; they were drawn following the data of photography. It can all be reproduced without any difficulty by the articulated horses contained in the cutting boards from this album. These horses were indeed provided with seven legs which affect these various positions. It suffices to place them by fours, so that the horse always has a natural attitude and in all points similar to that reproduced in the drawings that we present. We give the rest in the text that accompanies our first plate all the explanations necessary for the assembly of each animal.
The directions are quite interesting - and you might say complex - translated in full below. (I'm glad I'm not the one assigned to the task of cutting and properly mounting and displaying the dolls!)
The books first page bemoans the fact that transportation by horse is being replaces by bikes and such. That the long serving horse is being replaced in the fields by agricultural machinery. It predicts that soon horses will only be used by the butcher. Therefore, the purpose of this book is to "show you, by this series of cuttings, what was the horse and how it still is so that you are not tempted, one day, to be unfair to this old and faithful man's servant".
This series will include two types of purebred horses and different dress: the Normand horse and the Arabian horse. It also includes Ten Amazons, provided with the saddle and common harness of their mount which can be put on any horse...
Each horse, without being therefore a phenomenon, will have seven legs! Four in the board which represents the horse and the other three in the plank immediately following it. Those legs, as you can imagine, can only be adapted to the body of the horse up to four at a time; but, thanks to their combination, we can almost reproduce all the movements a horse can perform.
It is a very fun exercise and at the same time very informative that our readers will begin, after having made their first cutting.
So, to put our horse on its feet:
Before cutting out all the parts, do not forget in which places the gluing of the pieces must stop to spare the passage under members, either of the criniérc or of the tail, marked by lines light dotted in pencil
on the drawing.. the indications which are given outside drawing.For example, if you examine the body of the horse, you will notice crosses in various places along the dotted lines ending in
small crosses (X .....X), which follow the body outline. That means that the part of the body that matches the dotted line between two Xs must not be glued. There, in fact, will be inserted neck, legs, tail and support. When you have cut up the body, there will be nothing left of these indications.
But it will not be the same if you have marked at pencil, on the drawing, the beginning and the end of these lines dotted line by focusing on the Xs. When you have glued all the parts, sparing the
necessary empty spaces, these checkpoints will be unnecessary and you will make them disappear with a dollop of gum. Having said that, and assuming all parts cut and prepared as we have indicated, let's move on to gluing and mounting the horse.
Each side of the head, neckline and legs should be glued on a very thin cardboard. We will then paste each of these pieces against each other, cardboard against cardboard of course, following the indications that we are going to give: this way will give the head and limbs more rigidity.
We will stick the legs and the head in full; we will spare in the neckline the dotted parts included between the points X X, where we will insert later the different manes that can vary even for each type of horse according to the Amazon who rides it. The small body is to be glued as it is. However, we will advise our readers, to give more solidity to this part of the cutting, which will nevertheless be used
in all its flexibility and lightness, to .. each side of the body on a fine cheerfulness, and then stick the sides one against the other in taking into account the dotted parts, as we have said.
Finally the four parts of the support will be glued two by two on a cardboard a little thicker than that of the cards, except the part between the dotted line drawn on support A and the Ford.The sides of this part of the support A must indeed be folded, one right, the other on the left, to be glued from each
next to the dotted line drawn in the middle of support B, the support A to be fixed on this one at this place, so as to form a right angle with it. This done, we will insert into the horse's body the neckline, the
tail, legs, and, when we have cut the second board, the mane.
Finally we will plant the horse thus mounted on the support .Both horses must be ridden in the same way.They can, on the other hand, as you know, receive all harnesses that we will publish and wear differently for every Amazon. However, as you will see below, some types of horses are better suited than some to people. It would be, for example, a lack of taste, a historical mistake even, than to train Joan of Arc on the Arabian horse. This one is a fine and nervous beast, with slender forms, and if you remember, Joan of Arc is always represented on a Large, vigorous and muscular horse, a Norman breed horse.
Other books in this series were:
Belles Dammes En Grande Toilette París 1905 Ediciones Hachette
L'Empereur L'Impératrice La Garde 1905 Ediciones Hachette
Product Code: A-78