ASMODEUS, OR THE DEVIL ON TWO STICKS; From the French of Alain Rene le Sage: With a Memoir of the Author. Illustrated by Tony Johannot. London: Willoughby and Co., 86, Aldersgate Street, 1840. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-xvii [xviii] xix-xxiii [xxiv]  4-274 [note: text complete despite gap in pagination], eight inserted plates (each with tissue guard) with engravings (signed "GD") after illustrations by Tony Johannot, numerous other vignette illustrations by Johannot throughout the text, original pictorial plum cloth, front and spine panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, a.e.g., yellow coated endpapers. First printing of the Willoughby edition. The preferred (anonymous) English translation and the best illustrated edition of LE DIABLE BOITEUX, a classic French fantasy first published in Paris in 1707 and first published in English (as LE DIABLE BOITEUX; OR, THE DEVIL UPON TWO STICKS) in 1708. The Willoughby edition, the first edition in English with the Johannot illustrations, was published in 1840 (the same year the French edition with the Johannot illustrations was published in Paris by Ernest Bourdin); subsequent printings of the Willoughby edition were made in 1841, 1842 and later, apparently into the mid-1860s. The later 1881 Nimmo and Bain edition (not illustrated by Johannot) followed the 1840 Willoughby text with some minor (editorial?) changes. The work was also translated into English by Joseph Thomas, whose text was first published in 1841. Le Sage's novel "imitated in framework and title from DIABLO COJUELO of Guevara (1641)" Asmodee, the "diable boiteux" is "released by Don Cleophas Zambullo from a bottle in which he has be imprisoned by an astrologer. To divert his benefactor, Asmodee lifts the roofs off the houses of Madrid and shows him what is passing within. This provides the author with an opportunity for a satirical picture of the Parisian society of the day in all its perversity." - Harvery and Heseltine (eds), The Oxford Companion to French Literature, p. 201. "Light, entertaining material that has served as the ultimate model for many diabolic tours for purposes of satire and amusement." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1009. "Less a novel than a sequence of highly entertaining satirical episodes, ASMODEUS became the model for numerous narratives in which a demon gives a human being a magical tour of contemporary life and vice." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-45. Tony Johannot (1803-1852) "was the foremost illustrator of the 1840's in France, following the romantic tradition and introducing vignette work into his books" (Houfe, p. 354). Bleiler (1978), p. 123. Reginald 08942. A bit of sunning to the cloth, largely to the spine panel, else a fine copy. A pretty copy of this attractive book. (#149647).
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