MUSSET, Paul de, 1804-1880. LE DERNIER ABBÉ. (RUBAN binding). Paris: Librairie des Amateurs; A. Ferroud, 1891. Large 8vo. xvi, 64 pp. .First book edition. Illustrated with 19 etchings by Adolphe Lalauze (1838-1906). Out of a total edition of 525, this is one of 62 copies on Japan paper with the etchings in two states, one with remarques. Preface by Anatole France. Musset's story originally appeared in the Revue des Deux Mondes in 1840. Issued in wrappers, which are here bound-in. (Carteret 1946: IV, p. 301, "édition estimée," esteemed edition.)
Bound by Pétrus Ruban (1851-1929) in full red levant morocco, elegantly gilded with a triple fillet frame and elaborate floral design tooled in gold, the pattern repeated on the lower cover and in the spine compartments and gilt inner dentelles. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Custom slipcase covered in marbled paper, edged in matching red levant. Fine. A beautiful example.