||Jean-Ignace Gérard, known as Grandville,
is acknowledged as one of the most inventive and prolific book-illustrators
of the first half of the nineteenth century in France. Grandville illustrated
dozens of works, produced literally thousands of drawings in his brief
lifetime, and remains perhaps best -known for the three books most marked
by his acute gift for fantastic design: The Animated Flowers; The Public
and Private Lives of the Animals, and his incontestable masterpiece: Another
World. All the images on these pages devoted to Grandville come from that
work, the strange tale of an otherworldly voyage that takes place on Earth.
Among the disquieting metamorphoses depicted here, the series of ballerina-marionettes,
the war of the decks of cards (which Lewis Carroll apparently knew) and
the men transformed by scoptophilic lust into phallic eyeballs, are among
the most striking.