BIBERONS, STERILISATEURS, TÉTERELLES, TÉTINES, TUBES. by [TRADE CATALOGUE]. [ROBERT, Edouard].

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BIBERONS, STERILISATEURS, TÉTERELLES, TÉTINES, TUBES. “Robert Paris-Londres”. [Paris, Etablissements Bacholet. n.d. but ca.

1905-10]. Small folio, pp. [xvi]; copiously illustrated with both colour and black and white images, several of pages tinted in blue; clean and crisp; catalogue stapled as issued in the original drab paper wrappers, preserved within blue cloth backed boards as issued, company name in silver on upper cover, retaining original red and yellow silk ties, spine a little sunned with some slight sunning to extremities of boards; a very good copy. A scarce and sumptuously illustrated trade catalogue by this famous Parisian maker of equipment for the feeding and care of infants, including a range of baby bottles, rubber teats, sterilizers, teething rings and more. The firm was founded by the Dijon entrepreneur Édouard Robert during the 1860s, taking advantage of the development of large scale glass bottle manufacturing, and devising a long, flexible Indian rubber feeding tube to be used in conjunction with the bottles, though in time these were found to be unhygienic and dangerous and so were eventually prohibited in 1910. Nevertheless, they adapted to changing regulations and were to be a market leader in artificial feeding for over 50 years, awarded numerous medals of honour.
According to their website, the present luxurious catalogue was in all probability produced around the time of the prohibition of long-pipe bottles, to counter any possible decline in sales, and to serve as a showcase for their many other products. The brochure insists on the hygienic properties of the bottles which ‘répond à toutes les exigences de l’hygiène moderne, et offer toutes les faranties d’un bon fonctionnement, assurant une succion parfait... Le Biberon Robert par sa forme particulière est incontestablement celui qui offer le plus d’avantages à ce point du vue, il est fait pour être facilement nettoyable’ (p. [iv]). The work has been beautifully printed, seemingly combining both steel engraving and chromolithography.

Bibliography: OCLC locates only one copy at SUNY Buffalo; see http://www.histoire-du-biberon.com/biberons/robert.htm.

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