Facsimile reprint of volume originally printed in Orrouy, Oise by the author in 1904. With an etched portrait of Daumier by Loys Delteil. Honoré Daumier 1808-1879 was a French lithographer, painter, and sculptor who gained widespread fame for his social and political commentary on the monarchy, politicians, and the middle class. The nineteenth century, a time of industrial revolutions, scientific advances and inventions which changed the way people lived was also a time when the great wealth of a privileged few contrasted cruelly with the lot of the working poor. Daumier observed the changes happening in his native France as well as in the rest of the world and left for future generations a record of the changes in society and lifestyles, such as the growing use of passenger railways and the invention of photography, preserved in lithographs, paintings and sculptures. Relished as cartoons in his time, his lithographs, of which he produced almost 4,000, are now considered masterpieces. One hundred forty of these lithographs are reproduced throughout the text. iv , x, 841, 3 pages. cloth. 8vo..