THE FIRST TEMPTATION OF SAINT ANTHONY.

(London: John Lane, The Bodley Head Limited, 1924). 240 x 150 mm. (9 3/8 x 5 7/8). xlv, [i], 231, [1] (blank) pp.

Attractive full red polished calf by Bayntun Riviere (stamp-signed in ink on front free endpaper), gilt doubled ruled border, raised bands, compartments gilt, blue and green morocco labels with gilt titling, heavily gilt turn-ins. With frontispiece and 19 plates (11 in color), and 25 in-text illustrations, all by Jean de Bosschère. A few very light scratches to covers, a touch of rubbing to extremities, contents pristine.

This is a very handsome copy of Flaubert's Faustian novel, with colorful illustrations that are at once alluring and disturbing. First published in 1874, according to Britannica, "Flaubert called the subject of the narrative his 'old infatuation,' which he had begun developing in 1839 as an attempt to create a Faust in the French language. The work is notable for its imagery and its depiction of spiritual torment." Accompanying the text are memorable illustrations by Jean de Bosschère, a writer and illustrator interested in the occult. His provocative and highly imaginative imagery, clearly influenced by his fascination with the sexual and obscure, makes a beguiling companion to the text.
(ST13599-19)