DROLL STORIES COLLECTED FROM THE ABBEYS OF TOURAINE. Translated into English, Complete and Unabridged. Illustrated with 425 Designs by Gustave Doré. London: John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75 Piccadilly, n.d. . Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii-ix [x-xi] xii-xxix [xxx] xxxi-xxxii [1-3] 4-650 [651: illustration] [652: blank], illustrations by Gustave Doré, original pictorial bevel-edged red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, rear panel stamped in blind, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed, black coated endpapers. First edition in English. Collects all thirty of Balzac's CONTES DROLATIQUES, published in French in three sets of ten each in 1832, 1833, and 1837. "Tales written by Balzac for recreation, in which he imitated Rabelais and, generally, the licentious tales of the sixteenth century." - OCFL. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, inner hinges broken, text block shaken, a poor -- but complete -- copy in need of repair. (148985).
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