LA PUCELLE, THE MAID OF ORLEANS.

(London: Printed for the Lutetian Society, 1899). 217 x 170 mm. (8 1/2 x 6 5/8"). Two volumes. Translated into English by Ernest Dowson. First Edition of this Translation. No. 14 OF 500 COPIES.

Attractive contemporary full red levant, covers with gilt rules and cornerpieces, raised bands, compartments with double gilt rules, gilt floral tools, and gilt lettering, gilt turn-ins, top edge gilt. Volume I with proof portrait as frontispiece. With an ALS from Dowson to "Will" bound in at front. Upper joint of volume I slightly rubbed, a couple of corners just a bit bumped and rubbed, a few very small isolated spots on spine and covers, frontispiece a little foxed and offset on title, occasional very trivial imperfections internally, but a lovely set in a lustrous binding, the contents extremely clean.

This is a handsomely bound copy of Voltaire's mock-heroic "Pucelle," a licentious burlesque based on the Joan of Arc story, first published in 1755. DNB considers this one of the best translations produced by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900), a rather tragic Victorian "poète maudit" who was also a member of the so-called "Lutetian Society"--a group of like-minded translators committed to publishing unexpurgated texts (often of a risqué or controversial nature) by Continental authors for an English audience.
(ST13599-33)