This publication, unique of its kind, is dedicated to the history of the French publisher Bouasse-Lebel and contains 1053 holy cards, of which 938 were published by the historic publishing house between 1845 and 1965.
From the xylographies of Rue Montorgueil to the engravings of Rue Saint-Jacques, from “Romantic” style to that “Sulpician”, from Saint Napoleon to the last Pope-King, this book promises also to uncover the secret of the Maison Basset and the unscrupulous strategies of the publishing house Bouasse Jeune.
This book, relating the charming paper lace holy cards of the past to the tangled and complicated events of a publishing dynasty (death sentences and suicides separations and trials, family pacts and testaments), reconstructs the history of one of the most important imagery publishers of Saint-Sulpice.
The information, dates and the collection of images contained in the text are the fruits of years of research and they attempt to give answers to the following questions: How did this publishing house get started? How many types of holy cards exist? In which years have they been produced? But above all: Who were the Bouasse-Lebel?
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