(Library of Congress: Easton Press, 1995). 540 x 364 mm. (21 1/4 x 14 5/16").  pp. Authorized Facsimile Edition.
Original dark blue quarter morocco over blue marbled boards, slightly raised bands, with gilt tools and lettering. Frontispiece image of a raven's head printed on thin paper, and four facsimile plates of illustrations by Edouard Manet. With Easton Press bookplate, a large ex-libris plate with raven, and a four page pamphlet printed by the Library of Congress, all loosely laid in. A hint of wear to extremities of binding, but the contents pristine.
This facsimile faithfully recreates the famous 1875 edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "Le Corbeau," translated by Stéphane Mallarmé and illustrated by Edouard Manet. According to the Library of Congress' prospectus, the original work "marks an important turning point in the history of the illustrated book. . . . the bilingual volume was a bold, early attempt at a new type of artistic collaboration--the livre d'artiste, a genre which was first to flourish in the twentieth century." Although the limitations page notes that there were 240 copies made, recent research suggests that only 150 were ever printed. As both a rare and very important book this work routinely fetches robust five figure prices at auction, making the present facsimile an attainable and highly attractive alternative. (ST11462a-317)
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