VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de (1694-1778). Romans et Contes, Bouillon: aux Dépens de la Societé Typographique, 1778.
4 parts in 3 volumes, 8° (198 x 124mm.), half titles, titles with engraved vignettes, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author by Cathelin after de La Tour in volume I, engraved frontispiece in volumes II and III and 55 plates by Patas, Deny, Dambrun, Baquoy, and others after C. Monnent, J. M. Moreau, P.-C. Marillier and Martini, engraved headpieces. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH 46 ENGRAVED PLATES mostly after J. M. Moreau by J. B. Simonet, De Ghendt, Villerey, Coiny and others, engraved headpieces (occasional light marginal spotting), red morocco gilt by R. Petit, triple gilt fillets on sides, raised bands dividing spines in 6 compartments, two lettered in gilt, the others lavishly decorated with foliate designs, gilt inner dentelles, gilt edges (small, unobtrusive light scuff mark on front cover of vol. III). Provenance: Frank Linsly James (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION TO CONTAIN MONNET'S ATTRACTIVE ILLUSTRATIONS, extra-illustrated with 46 plates. "This book belongs to Monnet, for its fifty-seven plates and all of its thirteen allegorical headpieces are from his hand. 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. In his eight plates for Zadig, six for Candide, and seven for Le huron, ou l'ingénu, he surpassed himself. His designs for Candide are the best contemporary illustrations for this masterpiece." (Ray). Cohen-de-Ricci 1038-1039; Ray French 35; Sander 2024. (3)