LE PETIT CHIEN DE LA MARQUISE, by Theophile Gautier; Louis Morin -1895 [Limited 1st Ed]


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Le Petit Chien de la Marquise

(The Little Dog of the Marquise)

by Theophile Gautier 

illustrated by Louis Morin 

LIMITED FIRST EDITION, No. 477 of 500 Copies. Text in French. Paris: Librairie L. Conquet, 1895.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition. 

  • Custom binding features leather covers with gilt on covers and rounded spine, as well as handsome color marble design on endpapers.
  • Book displays gentle commensurate aging and wear.
  • Covers exhibit minor edgewear with rubbing mostly to corners.
  • Front board has a slight upward bow. (See photos)
  • Spine displays rubbing along shoulders, to ends and minimally on raised bands.
  • Binding is secure overall.
  • Endpapers display commensurate toning, stronger along margins.
  • Feps exhibit toning as well as occasional foxing. 
  • Front fep has dedication in pencil, dated 1910. (See photos)
  • Page with color illustration at end of volume shows two marginal stains, near head and foot edges. (See photos)
  • First title page shows gentle toning in perimeter, with vibrant colors, as well as some edgewear to fore edge with a superficial 1" vertical chip. 
  • Illustrations are well preserved with gentle toning.
  • Interior is gently age-toned with rare smudges and spots throughout.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Pages occasionally show minor edgewear. 
  • Textblock edges have gilt along head, which also shows some dust, as well as commensurate toning to fore and foot edges.
  • SC20200318

67 pages. 4.75 x 7 inches.

Custom binding is signed by D. Wetmore, and features dark leather covers with gilt on covers and spine, as well as rounded spine with five raised bands and handsome color marble design on endpapers. 

Lavishly illustrated with 21 Drawings. Features a Preface by Maurice Tourneux. Also features a full-color title page. 

Known mainly for his works in the 19th-century Romantic style, the French author Theophile Gautier here delivers a story of the nobility that takes place in the previous century, a time very dear to him as well. Witty, entertaining and filled with delightful humor, the book puts together narration and theatrical dialogues, to tell the adventures of Duke Alcindor, who steals the little dog of the marquise to be in the good graces of the woman he loves, Countess Eliante. 

Theophile Gautier (1811-1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, and art and literary critic. Though an advocate of Romanticism he is difficult to classify, and his works prefigure Parnassianism, Symbolism, Modernism and Decadence. He was esteemed by many famous literary figures such as Proust, Baudelaire, Balzac, Eliot, Wilde, Pound, James, Flaubert and the Goncourt Brothers.

EDITION POINTS: Limited Edition, No. 477 of 500 Copies.

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