DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ

([Paris]: H. Launette, 1890). 255 x 165 mm. (10 x 6 1/2"). [7 pl.], viii, 191. No. 124 of 1000 on papier vélin.

Pleasing 20th century three-quarter teal morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, compartments heavily gilt with central floral tool and gilt titling. Original wrappers bound in. With 12 full-page etchings and several in-text illustrations by Champollion after the designs of Raphaël Collin. Joints just slightly worn, a few light scratches and a little soiling, but the binding still very sound and attractive; light offsetting from many illustrations onto the text, a few instances negligible foxing or smudging, otherwise clean throughout.

This attractively bound rendition of Longus' charming pastoral novel, a unique combination of decadence and sweet innocence, appears here with a series of engravings that were considered to be some of the most attractive of the period. Ray says that in a survey conducted in 1895, our "Daphnis et Chloé," with the Collin engravings, came in fourth in a poll to determine the 10 most successful modern French illustrated books. The present work uses the popular translation of Jacques Amyot (1513-93), first printed in 1559 and always recognized for its graceful style.
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