First edition. French language. Eight volumes in French-style paperwraps with covers printed in red and black. Geffroy's impressions, criticism, and reviews of art and artists of the day. Each volume covers the Paris Salons of the period (the first, published in 1892, covers the 1890 and 1891 Salons, and so on), with the exception of the 7th, which covers the 1900 Paris Exposition (world's fair). EACH VOLUME WITH ORIGINAL FRONTISPIECE ILLUSTRATION BY A RENOWNED ARTIST as follows: First "series," 1892, dry point by Eugene Carriere; Second, 1893, dry point by Auguste Rodin; Third, 1894 , dry point by Auguste Renoir; Fourth, 1895, dry point by J. F. Raffaelli; Fifth, 1897, lithograph by Fantin-Latour; Sixth, 1900, etching by Camille Pissarro; Seventh, 1901, etching by Daniel Vierge; and Eighth, 1903, lithograph by Willette. The first 4 volumes in the series were published by E. Dentu and the last 4 by H. Floury, who took over in 1897. PLEASE NOTE: Third volume in this set is dated 1897 on front cover (vs. 1894). It is comprised of the original 1894 E. Dentu sheets (including Dentu title page) bound up in H. Floury covers dated 1897 (vs. 1894) and has what would appear to be a fine-paper copy of the Renoir at front (vs. original dry point print). FIRST VOLUME INSCRIBED by Geffroy to Victor Jaclard, a French revolutionary socialist who was a follower of Louis Auguste Blanqui. Geffroy wrote what is considered the standard biography of Blanqui, L'ENFERME. These fragile volumes show expected wear, especially to the paper covering at spines which is splitting in several places and in the last volume appears to have been reinforced. Nonetheless altogether good or better. Insert to the first volume present. Quite scarce in the complete set.