Paris: A. Quantin, 1879. Limited Edition. Full Leather.
Full crushed red morocco by H. Philippe, five spine bands with titles ornaments, gilt ruled; golden lace bordering the counterflats, top edge gilt, decorative patterned cloth endpapers and flyleaves; tri-color silk page holder, original wrappers bound-in. 8vo; xlvi, 246 pp., frontispiece, folding plate. Printed on laid-paper. Limited edition, with a bio-bibliographical introduction by Octave Uzanne.
The bindings are tight and square. Text clean (many pages unopened); , light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear, light rubbing to extremities, wear along front joint, contents with offsetting from frontispiece and faint toning, with the leather booklabels of V. A. Blacque, Henry W. Poor, and Cortland F. Bishop.
A portrait-frontispiece (with etching by Lalauze after Cochin, printed by Quantin), vignettes (header and cul-de-lampe), all engraved on copper; folded facsimile, of a letter from the Count of Caylus.
Very Good. Item #16499
Comte De Caylus was a French antiquarian, proto-archaeologist and man of letters. Caylus had quite another side to his character. He had a thorough acquaintance with the gayest and most disreputable sides of Parisian life and left a number of more or less witty stories dealing with it. These hover between French fairy tales and oriental fantasies with a mix of moral satire.