159 issues, 4 pp. each, comprising a complete run of the satirical weekly newspaper founded by André Gill, with ironical and humorous texts about contemporary events and public figures accompanied by striking and dramatic full-page, front-cover and double-page, center-spread caricatures by Gill, most colored by hand. Some minor condition issues here and there, including some marginal fraying, a few stains, and a few small tears, generally fine. Folio. Issues loose as issued in self-wrpps., housed in early boards portfolio, rubbed at extremities. Paris, 1876-1879.
Launched by Gill as the as the successor to l'Eclipse, the present serial also attracted the attention of authorities, who seized and banned at least 10 issues of the weekly serial during its first year of publication. Despite its stated intentions to merely amuse its readers, Gill did not conceal his Republican, scientific and anti-clerical leanings in his caricatures for La Lune Rousse. Among the figures his drawings either celebrated an lampooned were such notables as Sarah Bernhardt, Émile Zola, Victor Hugo, Charles Darwin, and Gill's bitter rival, the conservative Catholic journalist Jules Veuillot. Scarce in institutional collections. Book ID: 48028