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Paul & Virginia

SAINT-PIERRE (Bernardin de).

SAINT-PIERRE (Bernardin de).

Paul & Virginia With a Memoir. Illustrated by Ad Lalauze.

Engraved frontispiece, five plates and two mounted vignettes on China paper, and additional engraved portrait.

8vo. [191 x 124 x 35 mm]. [1]f, xxviii, 230 pp. Contemporary binding by Zaehnsdorf (signed in gilt on the front turn-in) of red goatskin, the covers with a gilt double fillet border and a cartouche and swag tool in the corners with a small black goatskin onlay. The spine divided into six panels, the bands tooled with a gilt fillet, lettered in the second within a single fillet compartment, and with the date and place at the foot, the others with a double fillet compartment and the cartouche and swag tool and black goatskin onlay, the edges of the boards tooled with a single fillet, the turn-ins with a gilt roll and double fillet, gilt and brown floral decorated endleaves, top edge gilt, the others uncut and partly unopened.
Edinburgh: [by Turnbull and Spears for] William Paterson, 1881

This edition was limited to 433 copies, of which 50 had plates on China and Holland paper, 190 had plates on China paper and 193 had plates on Holland paper. This is no.215, with the plates on China paper. The binder has also added a portrait of Saint-Pierre by Laguillermie. There is a little off-setting from the plates (in the absence of tissue guards) and a few minor spots, but it is a very good copy in a restrained binding by Zaehnsdorf. The edges have not been cut, and some pages remain unopened, and as a result the text block is 16mm taller than the copy bound by Grieve with the gilt edges.

With the bookplate of Isaac Currie.

Stock no. ebc6085

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Price: £400