[Joyeux, André] J., A. Silhouettes Saigonnaises. Fetes de la Mutualite du 4 Avril 1909. 1909 First edition No Place [Saigon?] Large folio, 22 plates. Original leather backed boards.


An extremely scarce set of twenty-two caricatures of unidentified but very identifiable characters active in Indochina in the early part of the twentieth century. André Joyeux, (b.1871), the artist, identified here only by his initials, A.J., studied architecture at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts de Paris before going to Cochin China around 1900. He was appointed principal Inspecteur des Ecoles d'Art Decorative de l'Cochinchine in 1911, and became the first director of the School of Applied Arts in Gia Dinh two years later. His pictures were exhibited at the Colonial Exhibition in Marseille in 1906 and again in 1922, and he illustrated several books on French Indochina. He was a brilliant cartoonist, his best known work being La vie large des Colonies, 1912, and published widely in local journals. We can trace no copy of Silhouettes Saigonnaises in libraries, including the Bibliotheque Nationale.

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