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[SADE, Donatien Alphonse François, marquis de (1740-1814).] Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu. Troisième Édition. En Hollande [but Paris]: 1800.
[SADE, Donatien Alphonse François, marquis de (1740-1814).] Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu. Troisième Édition. En Hollande [but Paris]: 1800.
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[SADE, Donatien Alphonse François, marquis de (1740-1814).] Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu. Troisième Édition. En Hollande [but Paris]: 1800.

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[SADE, Donatien Alphonse François, marquis de (1740-1814).] Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu. Troisième Édition. En Hollande [but Paris]: 1800.

4 volumes in two, duodecimo (131 x 80 mm). With the half-titles, with leaf L6 in volume 3: a sheet of printed spine labels for each volume. 12 engraved plates including the frontispieces. (Occasional light spotting, volume 3 frontispiece and title neatly repaired in the inside margin.) Contemporary half calf, flat spines with blue title label gilt and black numbering label gilt, the other compartments centred with a small star tool in gilt, blue-green marbled paper sides, sprinkled edges (endpapers renewed, spines expertly repaired, corners rubbed).

THE ONLY KNOWN COPY WITH THE ILLUSTRATIONS, these apparently not reproduced anywhere else. Justine caused widespread outrage upon publication and was actively suppressed, with police seizing and destroying what could be found; as a result all early editions are rare. Presented by the publisher as the third edition, and recorded in Dutel’s bibliography as the seventh, it is an apparently unique copy, complete with all the plates, of the most celebrated of all European erotic texts. AE and ABPC record only one copy auction, the Leonhardt copy, which lacked eight plates; WorldCat lists just one copy, with no plates, at the Bavarian State Library; another is at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, also without these rare engravings. Apollinaire 505-508; Dutel A-599 (this copy); Gay-Lemonnyer II, 752; Pia Enfer 725.
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