Le Figaro. Figaro Illustré 1889-1890. Paris: Boussod, Valadon & Cie, 1890. First Edition. 
Red cloth binding with decorative gilt, figure of Figaro in gilt on front, spine ends frayed, 13 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches. Library stamp on the fep, plates are clean. Includes the covers for this period in color and many chromogravure plates, some double-page. This early edition differs somewhat from the later ones that we have in stock. The general title page is in color rather than b/w, with 1889-90 on the front, but this contains the matter for 1890. We think it lacks two of the covers, February and March. Good. Hardcover.
This is a bound volume of the illustrated magazine published by the newspaper Le Figaro. It was one of the most beautiful magazines of the time, lavishly illustrated with color lithographed covers and plates, and with color illustrations and decorated pages. It was published from 1883 to 1911.
A gorgeous example of the color printing of the time.
Le Figaro, a morning daily newspaper published in Paris, "one of the great newspapers of France and of the world. Founded in 1826 as a sardonic and witty gossip sheet on the arts—named for Figaro, the barber of Seville—by 1866 Le Figaro was a daily that engaged some of the finest writers in France and filled its pages with political discourse. The paper was a pioneer in dividing the coverage and presentation of news into departments and in publishing interviews with celebrated personages." - Encyclopaedia Britannica.