These two books are among the best-known novels by Jules Verne. They form a pair of extraordinary stories, of anticipation, which take place in space. Becoming references in the field of science fiction, these novels have inspired many authors from the early twentieth century. They were notably adapted to the cinema by Georges Méliès, in 1902, with his famous Voyage dans la Lune.
New edition and new translation.
"Jérusalem délivrée" is the most famous work of Torquato Tasso (Italian poet, 1544-1595). It is an epic poem in the tradition of novels of the Renaissance's knighthood. The story takes place during the first crusade, during which the Christian knights led by Godefroy de Bouillon fight to lift the Siege of Jerusalem in 1099.
"Tancrède" is Voltaire's last great success as a playwright. The tragedy was first performed on September 3, 1760 by the King's troupe of ordinary actors at the Théâtre de la rue de Fossés Saint-Germain in Paris.
This classic tragedy in five acts and verses features a heroic knight who believes he has been deceived by the woman he loves. The story takes place in medieval France.
This text by Voltaire (1694-1778) is followed by three other works which are: "Gaston et Baïard, tragédie" by Belloy (first edition, 1770, La Veuve Duchesne, Paris), "La mort de César, tragédie" by Voltaire (second edition, 1736, Innis/Jean-Baptiste Claude Bauche, London/Paris) and "Arminius, tragédie ; or essay on German theatre" by J.-G. Bauvin (first edition, 1769, Nicolas-Augustin Delalain, Amsterdam/Paris, lack of the frontispiece).
New edition, revised, corrected and augmented with soft-cut figures, and a table of contents.
This edition is a Parisian counterfeit of the first edition published under this title. This epistolary novel, first published in 1761 under the title "Lettres de deux amans, Habitans d'une petite ville au pied des Alpes", is one of the greatest literary successes of the late 18th century.
Fourth first edition.
"Les Caractères ou les Moeurs de ce siècle" by the French moralist Jean de la Bruyère (1645 - 1696) is one of the major works of French literature.
This fourth edition is the one that has been the most augmented, with more than 300 characters.
First illustrated edition.
This book is an illustrated edition of the classic Scottish literature: "Ivanhoe" by Walter Scott (1771-1832).
The text has been translated from English by Mr. P. Louisy and the drawings realized by MM. Lix, Adrien Marie, Riou and H. Scott.
Georges Le Faure (1856-1953) is a French writer and screenwriter.
His "Robinsons Lunaires" is a novel of adventures and anticipation, in the same way as those by Jules Verne. This book makes the readers travel through its text and illustrations realized by Fernand Fau. It is a book about imagination and it is dedicated to children as adults.
Fine copy, with a highly decorated binding.
"Chatterton" is a major work of French Romanticism and Literature. The author tells the tragic story of a very young English poet, whose very poor condition and an tragic love, lead him to suicide.
De Vigny (1797-1863) denounces the severe criticism on poets and writers by the society of the time.
The first representation at the Théâtre Français on February 12, 1835, with Marie Dorval (mistress of Vigny), in the role of Kitty Bell, was a real triumph.
This very fine first edition of "Chatterton" by Alfred de Vigny is highlighted with an Edward May's frontispiece, engraved with etching. In addition, the binding is a Nineteenth-century full green morocco, signed by the binder Cuzin, with the original printed wrappers preserved. So this is a very fine copy of a masterpiece of French Literature.
First edition illustrated by Timar.
One of the 30 copies of the leading print on Imperial Japan paper, including the 90 etchings in color, a suite of all boards with remarks, drawn in black, and 3 original sketches signed by the artist, 3 watercolors and 3 inked brass , corresponding to the originals.
This one is the n ° 1.
"Les Amours du Chevalier de Faublas", by Jean-Baptiste Louvet de Couvray (1760-1797), is a libertine novel which describes, with a fast paced rhythm, the love adventures of a young provincial aristocrat, who lived in the capital with his father and his sister.
It consists in many comic episodes, even if the third part is darker and announces the "roman noir". Another important feature of the novel, the hero, with androgynous beauty, is very often transvestite.
Emeric Timar (1898-1950) is a Hungarian illustrator, engraver and painter. He moved to Paris in 1925, in the inter-war period when the capital is still the center of the art world.
The artist focuses on the illustration of classics of Literature. He signs his works just by "Timar". He uses various media such as etching, aquatintl, lithography and watercolor.
According to the Bénézit dictionary, "His approach brings him closer to certain masters of the time, such as Édouard Goerg or Démétrios Galanis".
His work is perfectly highlighted with the illustrations of "Amours du Chevalier de Faublas".
The illustrations are in very high quality, and highlight the style of the artist. Expressive, vivid and realistic, they are in perfect harmony with the text.
In addition, the three sketches in black pencil, signed in ink by the artist, were used in the preliminary work of the engravings. They reflect the vivacity of his manner of drawing. These sketches highlight three characteristic aspects of Timar's style. With the first sketch of the two lovers kissing, he combines the curves of bodies with the one of the tree, with great delicacy. In the second and third sketches, he shows his ability to stage figures in balanced compositions. And the emotions of the figures are perfectly pictured, such as modesty, surprise, laughter, etc.
Edition illustrated by Gustave Doré, with an introduction by the editor Jules Hetzel, who used his pen name P.-J.Stahl.
This book consists in the different tales of Charles Perrault (1628-1703), including the famous, "The Little Tom Thumb", "Cinderella" or "Little Red Riding Hood".
These extraordinary stories are illustrated by engravings by the famous artist Gustave Doré (1832-1883), which in all these fabulous characters come to life.
"Les Contes de Perrault" are considered as part of the masterpieces of the artist as an illustrator.
His engravings are modern by their compositions and the expressivity of the characters in the crucial point of the stories.
He succeeds mixing the styles such as: Epic, Tragic, Comic, Fairy tales, Realism with an innovative design.
"La Dernière Déesse" is a novel by Claude Farrère (1876-1957), who was a naval officer and a very prolific French writer, known for his work during his lifetime.
He was elected to the French Academy on March 28th, 1935.
This very good first edition, with original printed wrappers bound in and untrimmed edges, is one of the 145 copies on "Japon" paper, (n ° 103).
First edition illustrated by Maurice Leloir, with the auction catalog of the 245 original drawings, reproduced in this book.
"La Dame de Monsoreau" is a novel mixing History, Politics and Love, written by Alexandre Dumas Père (1802-1870).
It is published in 1846 and follows "La Reine Margot" and precedes "Les Quarante-cinq".
The story takes place at the court of King Henry IIIrd, son of Catherine de Medici.
Fine copy bound in by Salvador David (Son of the well-know David who transmitted his workshop to him in 1890. He worked for great bibliophiles).