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LACLOS, Pierre Choderlos de; ABLETT, William & LEROUX, Auguste (illustrators).

Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Stock Code
98400
Paris, Javal & Bourdeaux, 1928
£7,500

Unique example extra - illustrated with original drawings and a second interpretation.

First published in four volumes in 1782, shortly after the French Revolution. The decadence and seductive cruelty of the aristocratic characters was intended to display the perversions of the Ancien Régime. Although scandalous at the time of publication the tale has resonated throughout the centuries and has been adapted into film, radio, ballet and opera. Banned in France from 1815 to 1875, and occupied a prominent place on the Vatican's Index Librorum Prohibitorum until the index was abolished in 1966.

This extra-illustrated edition includes a second interpretation by Auguste Leroux from the publisher, Javal & Bordeaux's own collection. Both distinguished artists of the early 20th century the two interpretations of the famous novel are here presented in numerous states and with four original copper plates.




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Description

Unique example, limited edition, one of 50 copies on japon ancien (this is numbered 48); 2 vols; 4to; illustrated with 30 colour plates by William Ablett, extra-illustrated with over 400 colour drawings by William Ablett, a colour analysis of one of the plates, a second interpretation of the work by Auguste Leroux with 30 compositions in colour, extra suites of each of the artists' illustrations in two states (black and sanguine), also included are four original copper plates, by Ablett and Leroux, 12 preliminary drawings and 11 sketches by Ablett, a gouache and three original drawings signed by Leroux, a set of preliminary prints of the title and some leaves of text; housed in two blue morocco boxes lined with blue silk from the publisher's; in good condition.

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