Book Description

**#269/1500 c., signed by Dwiggins**; 2 vols. in slipcase and glassines. A fine set; with deckled edges; many leaves unopened; glassines creased, and lacking some edge chips (v.2) or small pieces (v.1) — (NB. photo of the glassines in protective archival sleeves, as they are fragile); very good slipcase soiled, faded on spine and with a little scuffing at bottom of its opening.
Dealer Notes
First published as ‘Aventures prodigieuses de Tartarin de Tarascon’ in 1872, this story of an intrepid wanna’ be lion-hunter led *way* astray, was among publisher George Macy’s picks for the LEC’s finest early productions; and is the ninth book the Club, published in its first year.
Translated by Jacques Le Clercq, it was designed and illustrated by W. A. Dwiggins, whose drawings appear as “artist’s notes at the end of each chapter” (‘Bibliography’ ibid), and his detailed involvement with every step of the production included designs for the endpapers and the gilt spine-decorations.
“The basic aim of the Club ... [was] to reissue the world’s great classics; to maintain the highest standards of literary excellence in the choice of titles and in the texts themselves; to achieve these ends by enlisting the talents of the world’s ablest book designers, illustrators, printers, and binders.” (Cf. ‘Introduction’ to ‘Quarto-Millenary’)
Author Alphonse Daudet
Date 1930
Binding Original boards and slipcase
Publisher New York: Limited Editions Club
Illustrator W. A. Dwiggins
Condition A fine set

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