Finely Bound French ‘Venus’

La Vénus à la fourrure. Roman sur la flagellation traduit par Ledos de Beaufort. Frontispiece d’après Bakalowicz.

Paris: Charles Carrington, Libraire Éditeur, 1902.

Price: $2,500.00

About the item

No. 332 of 500 numbered copies on Hollande. First French language edition, second issue without frontispiece. Illustrated with 19 vignettes in text after Martin van Maële. Text printed within red ornamental rules. xxxvii, 216 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Finely Bound French ‘Venus’. Contemporary full marbled calf, boards with gilt ornamental rule borders, supralibros to upper board, spine gilt, marbled endsheets, top edge red, others untrimmed, preserving illustrated wrappers, by V. Arias, Mayor 82, Madrid. Faintest traces of rubbing. A fine copy of a scarce book. Not in Private Case or Pia.

Item #345300

The first French edition of von Sacher Masoch’s Venus in Furs, in the translation by Raphaël Ledos de Beaufort, published by the enterprising Charles Carrington. Only a few copies are recorded of the first issue with an explicit heliogravure frontispiece, and even this second or remainder issue without the plate is uncommon. This copy is a contemporary fine binding from Victor Arias in Mdrid, with a supralibros of a crown surmounted by a screaming eagle, motto Moriendo Vives in banner.