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LACLOS, Pierre Choderlos de.
Les Laiisons Dangereuses.

Published
Paris, Le Vasseur et Cie, 1934.
References
Paris book fair 2017.
Plates
20 + 6
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
Paris, Le Vasseur et Cie, 1934.
Ref
1404

In two quarto volumes, with identical pictorial covers, illustrated in hand coloured pochoirs by George Barbier. Numbered 437 of 650. Small defects to covers. 20 delightful full page coloured plates in all. This work was first produced in 4 volumes in 1782, and is a novel written entirely as a series of letters between various main characters. This is the story of the Marquise de Merteuil & the Vicomte de Valmont; two rivals who use seduction as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others, whilst enjoying their cruel games and boasting about their combined manipulative talents. It is claimed to show the decadence and debauchery of the French aristocracy just prior to the French Revolution. Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. Small motif of a naked mermaid. 2. Title page. 3. Small coloured header and coloured initial letter to 'Lettre Premiere...' A cupid whispering in a ladies ear at her writing bureau. 4. Full page illustration of an amorous naked couple. 5. Full page illustration of a lady playing a Harp. 6. Full page illustration of a maid on her knees before a sportsman, with a rifle and dog. 7. Full page illustration of two ladies in an opera or theatre box. 8. Full page illustration of a couple caught in bed together! 9. Full page illustration of two ladies caressing each other. 10. Full page illustration of a lady undressing, getting into a bed with a young girl already asleep in it. 11. Full page illustration of a man and a woman listening outside a bedroom door by lamplight. 12. Full page illustration of a group of noblemen and woman gossiping around a circular table. 13. Full page illustration of a besotted nobleman on his knees before a young woman - who is about to pull the servants cord! Volume 2. 14. Small motif of naked mermaid. 15. Title page. 16. Small chapter header and coloured initial letter to accompany 'Lettre LXXXVIII'. Nobleman writing / reading a lerrer. 17. Full page illustration showing a naked couple embracing, before a plinth, surrounded by cherubs, nymph, and a fully clothed couple. 18. Full page illustration of a nobleman about to enter the bed of a naked, sleeping woman. 19. Full page illustration of a group of male and female aristocrats talking or lounging around furniture. 20. Full page illustration of a nobleman carrying a younger lady across a small stream. Watched by an old lady. 21. Full page illustration of a gentleman and a lady in their carriage, with footmen and townsfolk in a town square. 22. Full page illustration of a young lady and her lover, on a bed - complete with small dog for company! 23. Full page illustration of the end of a duel between two nobleman. One lies dying of a sword wound in the arms of his servant. The victor looks on. 24. Full page illustration of a woman on her knees before an older lady in a convent - watched by two nuns. 25. Full page illustration of a formal dance. 26. Full page illustration of a woman bearing a gift to a lady in a carriage at the entrance to a stately home / chateau, with footman and servant.