1829 · Paris
Gothic-decorated collection of French legends, including the tales "Le Droit de Nopçage," "Le Jugement de Dieu," "La Cour de Jussienne," "Le Voeu du Faisan," and "Le Dict des Crieries et Encombrements de Paris." Didot printed the title-page in red and black and embellished the text itself with "ornées d'initiales, vignettes, et fleurons imités des manuscrits originaux," several of which are colored in blue, green, red, pink, silver, or => gold, or combinations thereof. Two of the stories open with illustrated borders, and another one has a full-page illustration preceding the text; notes follow the stories to help readers better understand the "antique" text.
Provenance: Author's inked inscription "A mon bon ami, Amand Lemire [/] E. Morice" on front free endpaper. From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Printed paper over boards imitating 16th-century strap-work and panelling on covers, with gilt lettering on otherwise plain spine and four gold dots at the corners of the covers' inner panels; rubbed with some paper chipped, front upper corner and hinge cracked, front free endpaper reattached with paste and chipped at bottom. Light to moderate age-toning and foxing throughout; colors and illumination remarkably bright. => A pretty little thing with plenty of charm. (Inventory #: 37895)