Paris, E. Blot, (1871). Text within a printed ornamental border. 4to poster. Maillard, Les Publications de la Rue pendant le Siège de la Commune, 398. Original edition. Text which accuses the government of neglecting the interests of the population of Paris by having failed to take the appropriate measures against speculation. Either hunger or ridiculous prices are the consequences for which the government will be held responsible. At the bottom, under the lists of prices for all sorts of products, the following line has been printed: 'N.B. - Les Gardes Nationaux touchaient, par jour, 1 fr. 50 de solde' as an example of how little can be bought with payment received. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: SPECIMEN authentique des infames ...
Descripción Paris, En vente chez M. Pigeol, s.d., 50,5 x 33 cm. Affiche communarde qui fustige le rôle du Gouvernement de la Défense nationale dans la spéculation sur les denrées. Nº de ref. de la librería 172888
Descripción Paris: Édouard Blot [March 6, ]., 1871. Zincography (restored tears and tiny pieces of missin paper in folds, otherwise in a good condition) 50 x 32 cm (19.7 x 12.6 inches). A very rare first edition of a Republican anti-Monarchist propaganda bill, lists the prices of food, which included dogs, rats and cats, during the famine in occupied Paris in the years 1870 and 1871. - This is a very rare first edition of a bill, made directly after a famine in occupied Paris, which lasted between September 19, 1870 to January 28, 1871. The upper text blames the Government of National Defense (Gouvernement de la Défense nationale) for failing to provide enough food resources at the beginning of the siege and for protecting the interests of speculating of food merchants, who hid the food until the prices have risen to the following prices: 1 piece of garlic 0fr 50., 1 can of sardines 12fr 50, 1 cat .15fr, 1 carrot .2fr 25, ½ kg of chocolate 4fr, 1 truffled turkey 200fr, 1 chicory. 1fr 25, 1 rabbit. 60fr, 1 egg. 2fr 75, 1 pigeon . 14fr, 1 hen. 70fr, 1 chicken. 50fr, 1 rat.2fr 25, ½ kg dog meat.3fr 50, ½ kg mutton . 12fr, ½ kg donkey meat.12fr etc.A daily salary of a National Guard soldier was 1fr 50. The bill is signed with »Un Cordon Bleu« and initials L. G. Le Cordon Bleu or The Blue Ribbon, origins from the a 16th century order of the Knights of the Holy Spirit (Ordre des Chevaliers du Saint Esprit), which bore crosses on blue ribbons. Known for their lavish parties the expression the blue ribbon became synonimous with exellence and good cooking. Although the order was abolished after the French Revolution, the name remained in the popular culture. On this bill the name adds a sartactic note to the absurd situation during the Siege of Paris between 1870-1871. The printer, signed below was Édouard Blot. Blot was a Parisian printer, specialized in Arabic and Hebrew printing, often calling himself "imprimerie polyglotte" in imprints. Blot also printed broadsides and books in French. Most of his imprints were issued in smaller numbers and are today rare. Blot’s address is recorded on different locations,such as Rue Bleue 1, Rue St. Louis 46, and Rue Turenne 68 in Paris. The bill was only sold in a wine shop by Mr. Pigeol on the corner of Rue Montmartre and Rue du Croissant.Historical Background - In the winter of 1870-1871 Paris was occupied by Prussian army during the Franco-Prussian War(19 July 1870 – 10 May 1871). Between September 19, 1870 and January 28, 1871, during a severe winter, the city was isolated from the rest of France of 4 months, 1 week and 2 days. Due to severe shortage of food, Parisians were forced to slaughter whatever animals at hand, including dogs, cats, rats, and even elephants from the zoo, which appeared on the Christmas menus of expensive Parisian restaurants. By the time of the liberation on January 28, the Parisians were ready to overthrow the contemporary Monarchist government. Only days after the liberation the first anti-government pamphlets and bills, such as this one, were being distributed around Paris by the Republicans, one of them obviously being a wine merchant Mr. Pigeol on the corner of Rue Montmartre and Rue du Croissant. On March 28, 1871, Parisian workers and members of the National Guard rebelled and established the Paris Commune, with a radical and socialist government, which lasted fort wo months, until May 28, 1871. Different Variations of the Bill -- This is the rare first known state of the bill. Through contemporary literature and records of institutional copies, we could trace three different versions of this bill, all catalogued by the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris: 1- our copy printed by Blot on thinner paper, with a simple bordure, 2 – a more elaborate version of the bill, also printed by Blot, with identical text, but with Parisian arms and with elaborate bordure, 3 – a bill with same text, printed in Bordeaux . SEE OUR WEB PAGE FOR LONGER DESCRIPTION. Nº de ref. de la librería 65677