DULAC -- [MONNIER, Henry (1799 - 1877).] L'Enfer de Joseph Prudhomme. Savoir Deux gougnottes et La Grisette et l'étudiant. Paris: sans la permission du Roy Louis Philippe [ca.1929].
Octavo (178 x 116 mm). Eight hand-coloured engraved plates, and three duplicate suites of plates on various papers, for a total of 32 plates, with additional material as listed below. Original printed wrappers, in two cardboard chemises, one for the additional material, together in one cardboard slipcase, the chemises titled in manuscript (slipcase rubbed at the extremities and lightly soiled). Provenance: ?Marcel Valotaire (autograph letter signed from Dulac laid-in).
FIRST EDITION, A UNIQUE COPY ON SPECIAL PAPER, RICHLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED, AND WITH TWO ORIGINAL DRAWINGS AND TWO MANUSCRIPT LETTERS BY DULAC. This copy is printed on Japon Nacré, a paper not specified by the limitation, which lists only 20 copies on Japon Impérial and 300 copies on Vergé paper; this unique state suggests an important provenance. One of the letters is addressed to Valotaire, Dulac's collaborator on Nous Deux, one of the most beautiful erotic books of its age, suggesting that this unique copy may have belonged to Valotaire. In the other letter, which includes an original sketch, Dulac discusses instructions for the printer including corrections to the plates. The original drawings show variant designs for the plates 'La Grisette' and 'L'étudiant'. The additional material with this copy also includes proofs, with manuscripts corrections, for the two part titles and their plates, an unpublished plate, one proof plate on japan paper, and three duplicate suites of all the plates printed on various papers. Pia Enfer, 427; Dutel 1481.