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Les cent nouvelles. Attribuées au Roy Louis - MALASSIS, Edmond; Manuel Orazi, & - 1931. 
Paris: Javal et Bourdeaux, 19312 - 2 volumes, quarto. Bound for the publishers by Ghione, Torino, in full red morocco, spines lettered gilt, lattice decoration in blind to spines and covers, central fleuron blind to front covers bordered with gilt fleurons and heraldic roses, rear boards with gilt heraldic roses and blind fleurons, inner dentelles gilt, hand-painted red and white patterned endpapers. Housed in the original marbled card slipcase. Spines faded to brown, some slight rubbing to extremities. Slipcase partly split at one edge. A magnificent set, richly bound. Vol. I: 16 engravings on copper by R. Lorrain after gouaches and watercolours of E. Malassis, each in five states (définitif en couleurs; couleurs avec remarques; sanguine; bistre; bleu); 4 colour separated plates (jaune; sanguine; bleu; noir); and 7 original pencil sketches and a signed watercolour by Malassis. Vol. II: 16 lithographs by M. Orazi in five states (définitif en couleurs; couleurs avec remarques; sanguine; bistre; bleu), and an original signed gouache; 25 etchings by C. Farneti in three states (noir; sanguine; bleu) and an original signed drawing in pencil and pastel; Title page and historiated initials in red by Alfio Prota. No. 1 of 40 copies, numbered in Roman numerals and printed on Japon imperial, featuring three suites of erotic drawings by Edmond Malassis (18741940), Manuel Orazi (18601934), and Carlo Farneti (18921961), in various states. This is the only limitation from the total edition of 590 copies to feature the additional suites by Orazi and Farneti. The rest of the edition, numbered in Arabic numerals, features only the suite of illustrations by Malassis and comprises: 25 copies numbered 1 to 25 on Japon ancien, with plates in five states (définitif en couleurs; couleurs avec remarques; sanguine; bistre; and bleu) and four colour separated plates (jaune; sanguine; bleu; and noir); 75 copies numbered 26 to 100 on Japon impérial, with plates in five states (définitif en couleurs; couleurs avec remarques; sanguine; bistre; and bleu); 150 copies on vélin numbered 101 to 250, with plates in four states (définitif en couleurs; sanguine sur japon; bistre sur japon; and bleu sur japon); and 300 copies numbered 251 to 550, with plates in one state only: définitif en couleurs. The first copy from the extra-illustrated limitation, this is the premier copy from the edition (what the French term the "tirage de tête"), and features original signed illustrations by the artists, uncalled for in the limitation, with seven original preparatory sketches and a signed watercolour by Malassis, an original signed drawing in pencil and pastel by Orazi, and an original signed gouache by Farneti. Les Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles, completed in 1461 and published in 1486, is a collection of licentious stories supposedly narrated by various persons at the court of Philippe le Bon, and collected by Antoine de la Sale in the mid-15th century.
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