Salons of 1879 and 1880
The 1879 volume of L’Art gave extensive coverage to the Salon of 1879 as well as the Universal Exposition of 1878 in four published parts of hundreds of pages each. Its folio pages measure 17 x 12 inches, allowing for illustrations generous in both size and number within a text whose large print is easy to read even within the smaller-font footnotes at the bottom of the page. Published in both Paris and London, L’Art was state-of-the-art in informative elegance (fig. 1). Melville made use of pages from part 2 of the 1879 volume in several ways beyond its coverage of the 1879 Salon that is our main concern here.