18 November 2014
CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, Giacomo Girolamo (1725-1798). The Memoirs... now for the first time translated into English. [London:] Privately printed [by Nichols for Leonard Smithers and Robson & Karslake,] 1894.
12 volumes, octavo (222 x 139 mm). 94 engraved plates after Jules-Adolphe Chauvet. (Occasional light soiling and spotting, occasional light wear to deckle edges.) Uncut in full red straight-grained morocco by Wallis for Robson & Co, with stamp, spines richly gilt in compartments with raised bands, titled directly in gilt, covers with gilt triple-fillet border, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed); housed in six cloth slipcases. Provenance: J.B. Rund (bookplate, the same design stamped in blind on the front covers).
ONE OF 50 LARGE-PAPER COPIES OF THIS LANDMARK OF EROTIC LITERATURE, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH PLATES BY CHAUVET. AN EXCELLENT SET IN PUBLISHER’S RED MOROCCO. Deluxe copies of this edition, fifty on hand-made paper and three on japan paper, were bound with a selection of erotic engravings by Barrault after Jules-Adolphe Chauvet (1828-c.1906). These were produced for a French edition of the 1870s, where the complete suite comprises 102 plates. In deluxe copies of this English edition the number always varies; for instance the copy in the British Library’s Private Case, one of three on japan, is bound with 98 plates. This translation by Arthur Machen (1863-1947) is billed as the first in English, but expands and improves the very rare six volume English translation published by H. Neuhoff in 1863. Mendes 91; The Private Case 341.
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