Balzac, Honore - Droll Stories. Folio Society, 1961, 1st thus. Translated by Alec Brown. Contains: Beautiful Imperia, Venial Sin, King's Darling, Old Nick's Heir, The Diversions of King Louis XI, The Constable of France's Wife, The Maid of Thilhouse, Brother-in-Arms, The Cure of Azay-le-Rideau, Last Word, The Three Students of St Nicholas's, King Francis's Commons, The Edifictory Conversation of the Nuns of Poissy, The Building of Azay Castle, A Courtier's False Wife, The Danger of Being Too Much of an Innocent, An Expensive Night of Love, The Sermon of the Merry Incumbent of Meudon, The Succuba, Desperate Love, Persistent Love, Of a Justiciary who did not Recall Certain Parts, Concerning Brother Amador Glorious Abbot of Turpenay, Magdalene Bertha, How the Portillon Beauty scored over the Magistrate, Proof that Luck is Invariably of Feminine Gender, About a Beggar known as Old Parchemins, The Unwise Chatter of Three Pilgrims, Innocence, The Married Life of Fair Imperia. 10" x 6", 408pp plus 24 plates, brown 'canvas' blocked in dark brown with a mock 'hinge' pattern, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Illustrated with monochrome drawings with a second colour highlight (three different second colours used) by Mervyn Peake.
Spine sunned (average for this edition); bookplate on front paste-down; very good, complete with slip-case that has 1 inch square (approx.) hole at one end of spine, split along other end-edge of spine, sunned to one end and slight edge-wear and splitting at opening edges (the cases for this edition are not very strong, nor particularly well fitting; this is the original case).
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