Caran d'Ache - Les maitres humoristes (1905)
Open Library direct link
Open Library main page
Les maitres humoristes is actually a series of books devoted to cartoonists of the period. I chose the d'Ache volume because his sequential illustrations are a forerunner of comics and also honestly because I can read a good bit of this one but not the others (which are more like anecdotes with an image). There are still several wordless or minimally worded pieces so the language isn't a complete barrier. D'Ache wrote what might be the first graphic novel (Maestro) but couldn't find anybody to risk such an odd idea so it wasn't published until almost a century after his death.