008. BALZAC (Honore de) & AVRIL (Paul) Honore de Balzac. Le Péché Véniel. Compositions de Paul Avril. Gravées a l’eau-forte par Édouard Léon et Raoul Serres, Paris, Charles Bosse, 1901

Limited Edition. The whole edition ran to 400 copies, of which this is one of one hundred on Whatman paper, with the illustrations in two states. Finely printed by Chamerot & Renouard of Paris, and a very fine but restrained contemporary binding.

lge. 8vo, original thin card front cover title in red and black with cherub & stag beetle vignette, 1 f. limitation, 1 f. title printed in red & black with vignette, pp. 67 (1), 1 f. printer’s colphon, 1 f. (original thin card back cover) printer’s device, frontispiece and text vignettes, repeated (ensuite) with extra set of the illustrations in a second state on 17 leaves, fine full rose-pink crushed morocco gilt by Otto Schulze of Edinburgh (gilt stamped), with striking silk patterned end-papers, gilt tooled turn-ins, t.e.g., rest untrimmed.

£175