French School, (19th century); French. Medium: engraving. Date: 19th Century. 'Lost Illusions' by Balzac (1799-1850); part of La Comedie Humaine; written between 1837 and 1843; part I, Les deux poetes; The two poets; close friend and spiritual brother of Lucien de Rubempre; living in Angouleme, bought the printing works od his father; as a scientist he invents a new and cheaper method of paper production; B.N.Z. 7765; Provenance: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.