Paris: Camille Bloch, 1921. First Thus. Limited to 575 copies of which this is no. 534. Octavo (23cm.); publisher's blue laid paper, decorative printed element mounted to upper cover; ix,,152pp.; frontispiece, five leaves of plates, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces; one full page of sheet music. A hint of wear, including miniscule wormholes mid-spine, else a Fine, remarkably fresh copy. From upper cover: "Réimprimée selon l'édition originale." Item #1307
The tale, first published in 1772, recounts the exploits of Satan, in love with a young nobelman, and his attempts to seduce him by taking the form of a beautiful woman. The artist Jean-Émile Laboureur (1877-1943), who had only just begun illustrating books the previous year, made the unusual decision to base his exquisite engravings for this edition on those found in the original. LABOUREUR 194.