1928 · London
First American edition featuring Alastair's elegantly decadent illustrations, with an introduction by Arthur Symons and the translation done by D.C. Moylan. Symons says of the illustrator that "there is a mysterious quality in [his] imagination, often mist-like and perilous" (p. xiv); Alastair's endpaper designs and his eleven black and white ink-drawn plates, touched with a coral hue that ranges from delicate to lurid, are => Beardsley-esque.
This is => numbered copy 297 of 1850 printed. A leaf from a bookseller's catalogue, dated May 1980 and describing this book, is laid in. Publisher's cloth, spine with stamped cloth label; dust jacket lacking, binding faded/stained, spine and edges darkened, back hinge (inside) cracked and front one tender. Endpapers faintly foxed; pages gently age-toned. Priced to reflect exterior condition; plates beautiful. (Inventory #: 35569)