La canne de M. Michelet. Promenades et souvenirs. Preface par Alfred Mézières. Douze compositions de P. Jazet gravées a l'eau-forte par H. Toussaint.
Paris, L. Conquet, 1886. 23 x 15 cm. Richly gilt and inlaid morocco (Paul Affolter, with gilder Chevalet) with pearl-studded slipcase. All edges gilt. Original wrappers bound in. (4), 4, 258 p. With a portrait by Benjamin Ulmann engraved by François-Eugène Burney and 12 designs by Paul-Léon Jazet engraved in copper by Henri Toussaint. Printed in 1000 numbered copies (this is one of 150 grand paper copies on Japan, initialed by the publisher). With an extra suite of all plates before letters. 1st edition. A little worn around the edges of the spine, otherwise perfect. Bookplate of John Achelis (a New Jersey businessman who in 1932 left a collection of jewelled and elaborate bookbindings). Very luxurious binding in red full morocco, richly gilt, with mirrors inlaid with brown morocco, even more richly gilt, and flyleaves of heavy gilt brocade. Later marbled slipcase with campy addition of 31 cultivated pearls! Translation of the title of the book: "The Walking Stick of [Jules] Michelet". This gold-handled cane, given to the author by the great historian's widow, leads Claretie through the streets of Paris, where he muses about the recent bloody past of the Commune de Paris (1870). A splendid book with a curious appearance, its slipcase rather over the top.
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€ 390.00 [Appr.: US$ 479.23 | £UK 342.25 | JP¥ 51595]