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Louvet de Couvray, Jean-Baptiste. The amours of the Chevalier de Faublas ... A literal unexpurgated translation from the Paris edition of 1821. London: Privately printed for Société des Bibliophiles, 1898. 8vo (20.8 cm, 8.18"). 4 vols. I: , x, 330 pp.; 10 plts. II: , 367,  pp.; 8 plts. III: , 416 pp.; 8 plts. IV: , 430 pp.; 10 plts. $500.00
Lavish edition: Risqué escapades (Brunet's phrase of choice is "roman licencieux") of a teenaged boy turned loose first in Paris and then in Poland, resulting in an astonishing number of seductions and cuckoldings — many facilitated by => our hero's cross-dressing. The text was translated into English for the most part, with occasional particularly spicy sections given in French or Italian, and illustrated "with numerous beautiful engravings etched by Louis Monzies from drawings by Paul Avril."
The entire edition was limited to 100 copies, with the present example being => copy number 5 of the Astral Edition, an even more limited subset of 52 numbered copies with the plates in two states, making a total of 36 plates.
Binding: Contemporary half brown morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, spines with gilt-dotted raised bands, gilt-stamped title and volume labels, and a triple-height compartment that sports a gilt-stamped Art Nouveau'ish floral vignette incorporating a small leather inlay. Top edges gilt.
Provenance: From the rare book and manuscript collection of Philadelphia textile magnate Herman Blum, with his highly personal bookplate (stamped 1950) and with his "Acquired for the Blumhaven Library in 1949" label on each volume's front free endpaper, noting the Bethlehem, NH "branch" of the Library (i.e., Blum's summer home).
Bound as above; spines evenly and attractively sunned, joints and extremities rubbed with two spine heads slenderly chipped. Endpapers with bookplates as above; small areas of remnant cellophane tape. Vol. III and second half of vol. IV with light to moderate waterstaining in lower portions of pages and plates, not touching text or images. => Naughty reading, in an enticing set! (41900) Please RESHELVE This.
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