([Paris]: H. Launette, 1890). 280 x 190 mm. (11 x 7 1/2"). 3 p.l., viii, 190 pp.,  leaves. No. 46 OF 50 LARGE PAPER COPIES ON JAPAN, with all the plates in three states (from a total edition of 1,100).
SPLENDID PALE ORANGE MOSAIC MOROCCO BY DE SAMBLANCX-WECKESSER, covers inlaid "à la répétition" with blue-gray morocco lozenges and navy morocco dots accented with gilt tooling, raised bands, spine panels similarly inlaid, FULL BLUE-GRAY MOROCCO DOUBLURES with inlaid pictorial design in navy, red, brown, green, and citron morocco surrounded by a lacy gilt frame highlighted with inlaid red, white, and blue tulips, leather hinges, blue-gray silk endleaves, marbled flyleaves, all edges gilt (neat repair to tail of rear joint). Original paper wrappers bound in. Housed in marbled paper slipcase trimmed with navy morocco. With 12 full-page etchings and 29 in-text illustrations by Champollion after the designs of Raphaël Collin, all in three states, and with the extra suite of plates bound in. Ray "French," p. 377. Spine slightly and evenly darkened, short crack to tail of front joint (no looseness), but A FINE COPY, PRISTINE INTERNALLY, in a glittering binding.
This superbly bound, large paper deluxe edition 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. Belgian craftsman Charles de Samblancx [or Samblanx] (1855-1943) began working in the binding trade at age 11 as an apprentice to Coppens. He eventually established his own firm, which was known from 1889-1909 as Samblancx-Weckesser, since de Samblancx had taken his gilder Jacques Weckesser into partnership. After 1909, de Samblancx again headed the firm alone. His binding career extended over several decades, and he worked in a variety of period styles, sensitively reproducing the bindings of previous centuries. Many of his bindings are now in the Royal Museum of Mariemont in Belgium. (ST15715)
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