VOLTAIRE (François-Marie Arouet). LES VOUS ET LES TU, ÉPITRE DE M. DE VOLTAIRE, ORNÉES DE LITHOGRAPHIES A LA PLUME PAR FRAIPONT. (RUBAN binding). Paris: Imprimé pour les Amis des Livres,, 1883. Octavo. 12 unnumbered pages plus ff. Illustrated with erotic lithographs in two states, one on japan paper without text, by G. Fraipont, 1849-1923. Only 80 copies printed. (Carteret 1946: V, p.204).
Signed binding by Pétrus Ruban (1851-1929) of coral-colored full levant, elaborately gilt in rococo style with flowers, bees, birds, foliage, quivers and cornucopias. Spine in raised bands and floral gilt decorations in compartments; floral gilt turn-ins. Custom slipcase covered in marbled paper with leather edges matching the coral levant of the binding. All edges gilt. 25 cm. Fine. This epistle in verse was composed for Suzanne Catherine Gravet de Livry, later marquise de La Tour du Pin Gouvernet. Original printed blue-gray wrappers bound-in. Only five institutions hold this book, including two in the US, according to OCLC.