A Classic of French Illustration

La Peau de Chagrin. Études sociales.

Paris: H. Delloye et Victor Lecou, Éditeurs, Rue des Filles-Saint-Thomas, 13, place de la Course, 1838.

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First Illustrated edition, first printing, with all first printing points as enumerated by Carteret. [iv], 402, [2] pp. Title with vignette showing a man being pulled backward by skeleton, armed with a scythe, and 100 steel engraved vignettes in the text after drawings by Adam, Baron, Boulanger, Charlet, Daviid, Devéria, Fragonard, Gavarni, Grandville, Grent, Janet-Lange, Johannot, Raffet, Vernet, et. al. 1 vols. Royal 8vo (25.4 cm). A Classic of French Illustration. Nineteenth-century quarter calf and marbled paper boards. Bookplate of Louis Auchincloss. Minor rubbing to spine and bands, but near fine otherwie, clean and crisp. Lovely copy, with half title. Bookplate of Louis Auchincloss. Carteret, III, pp. 41-42; Sander 43; Brivois 15-17; Vicaire I, 45.

Item #251644

First illustrated edition of Balzac’s renowned 1831 novel, his first major commercial success, lavishly produced in a generous format, with superb illustrations by many of France’s finest illustrators of the period. From the library of American novelist, LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS.