Comin’Ache (pseudonym of H. Comin). Capitalisme. 1899. Transfer printing. Plate 16 for the album Les Temps nouveaux, published by Jean Grave. Beautiful proof on watermarked laid paper, untrimmed margins.
Cartoonist and lithographer, Comin’Ache collaborated with Almanach de la Révolution in 1902 after The Temps nouveaux around 1899-1900, anarchist newspaper founded in 1895 by Jean Grave, and ceased publication in 1921. This weekly followed the newspapers Le Révolté and La Révolte. At the time of its editing interruption in August 1914, the title totaled 982 numbers as well as two special numbers.
Between April 1896 and January 1903, thirty original lithographs and one woodcut, in black, are published in Les Temps nouveaux, printed by Tailliardat, with an average circulation of 150 copies on Holland paper at the sale price of 1,25 franc (3,25 francs on paper China). Jean Grave wanted to offer his readers high-end artistic images, and had consulted William Morris (dead in 1896), for a cover for what he was already considering as an album. The choice of artists owes much to Félix Fénéon. During the year 1896, five lithographs are offered for sale via an insert in the newspaper and are successful, to the point that the unit print is 250. All will finally be reunited as an album only in 1903 , February, and offered for sale, with a lithographed frontispiece by Auguste Roubille. On this, eighteen plates are reproduced in postcards 1904, printed by Berger. On the other hand, color lithographs are published as supplements to the magazine gathered in volumes and entitled Les Temps nouveaux, including Steinlen’s, Luce, C. Pissarro, Lebasque, and Wuillaume. (See A. Dardel, Catalogue des dessins et publications illustrées du journal anarchiste “Les Temps nouveaux”, 1895-1914, n°75).