80 Bll.: Los Caprichos. 1799. Etching and aquatints. Delteil 38-117. Harris 36-115, III, 1 (of 12). Splendid impression on laid paper before the plates were facetted and with all criteria of the earliest prints mentioned by Harris. Ca. 21,2 x 15 cm (8,3 x 5,9 in). Sheet ca. 30,5 x 19,5 cm (12 x 7,7 in). Book dimensions: 31 x 21 x 2 cm (12,2 x 8,3 x 0,8 in). Complete series of first edition from 1799. In light brown morocco binding (mid 19th century) with gilt tooling on spine, gilt inside borders, gilt fillets and gilt edges.
PROVENANCE: Dr. Rolf Linnenkamp, Munich.
Life in Madrid offered enough reason for scornful observations. Many his sheets adress the lack of morals, the life of prostitutes and their panderers. One should not be surprised about the illustrations being quiet obscene at times; the days of Rococo were used to that." (Richard Oertel, Francisco de Goya, Bielefeld/Leipzig 1907, pp. 92ff., published in the series of artist monographies, vol. 49, published byH. Knackfuß)