Vintage French Erotica
BRUNELLESCHI, Umberto (artist); MUSSET, Alfred de.La Nuit Venitienne; Fantasio; Les Caprices de Marianne.
Quarto (300 x 225 mm.); 20 splendid tipped-in colour plates by Umberto Brunelleschi, illustrations, decorative title in blue & brown and borders in blue; bound in dark blue morocco, by Stikeman & Co. of New York, covers with gilt-ruled borders and corner-pieces, spine gilt in compartments with five raised bands, grey morocco doublures ruled and tooled in gilt with small purple morocco onlays, cream moiré silk flyleaves, signed at foot of rear turn-in, top edge gilt, others uncut, original decorative upper wrapper bound in at end, very slight wear to head of spine, slip-case (a little rubbed).£1,500
First edition; 4to (29 x 20 cm), 361pp., text printed in purple reproducing the author's manuscript, 20 full page engraved illustrations including frontispiece (with slight spotting on two plates), original paper spine bound in at rear, bound by 'G.Mativet', binder's name stamped on front free endpaper, marbled endpapers, half brown morocco gilt, marbled boards, brown calf label gilt lettered; an excellent copy.£1,650
2 vols, small 4to (20.7 x 15.4 cm). Fully engraved: hand-coloured title numbered 1, pp. 10 preface in red with black borders, plates numbered 2-30, hand-coloured, each with a leaf or two of text in red within red border; hand-coloured title and 35 hand-coloured plates with text leaves as before - in all 66 hand-coloured plates including two titles. Contemporary marbled calf, spines with raised bands gilt in compartments, brown morocco labels lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, red edges; a bit rubbed, hinges a bit weak.£12,500
[EROTICA - FAMIN, César].Musee Royal de Naples, peintures, bronzes et statues erotiques du cabinet secret,
4to (30 x 23 cm). Half-title, title, pp. , xxx, 159, 60 hand-coloured plates engraved by A. Delvaux and protected by tissue guards; foxing to text, only light and marginal to plates. Later red half straight-grained morocco gilt.£2,500