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ROMANS ET CONTES .
Aux Dépens de la Société Typographique, A Bouillon 1778 - Three volumes. vi,304; viii,320; vi,236,102pp. plus plates. Octavo (20 x 13 cm). Full deep blue crushed morocco, raised bands, spines gilt extra, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g., by Chabolle- Duru. Engraved portrait, 59 engraved plates, and numerous head and tail pieces and vignettes. Trace of faint blind impression on one upper board, two bookseller's descriptions tipped to binder's blank in first volume, otherwise a fine, fresh and handsome set, with good margins, and with the half-titles and 4pp. "Avis au relier" bound in. Fleece-lined cloth slipcase. First this edition. The engraved portrait is after La Tour, and the major portion of the fine array of plates and vignettes are engraved after designs by Charles Monnet, with others after Moreau, Martini and Marillier. "This book belongs to Monnet . In Voltaire's stories he found subjects after his own heart. Their exotic settings, their gaiety, and their frank admission of the claims of the senses enabled him to work with entire freedom . His designs for CANDIDE are the best contemporary illustrations for this masterpiece" - Ray. "Très belles illustrations ." - Cohen-De Ricci. Ray, ART OF THE FRENCH ILLUSTRATED BOOK 35. COHEN-DE RICCI, p.1038.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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