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"Debauchery" is an appropriate title for this lithograph of a carousing woman and man (Toulouse-Lautrec's friend Maxim Dethomas), but it has little apparent connection to the catalogue of posters by French and foreign artists that it advertises.
By 1893, a "poster craze" was sweeping Europe and America. Posters by Toulouse-Lautrec and others were peeled from the walls; placards were sold rather than posted by newsstand operators. This necessitated the printing of overruns or, as in the case of Debauché, the printing of additional unlettered editions to satisfy collector demand.