New York: Horace Liveright, 1928. The Black & Gold Library. Cloth. Thick 8vo (8 3/4" x 6 1/8" x 1 1/4"), black cloth has gold lettering on spine with elaborate decorative scrollwork, translation & Introduction by Ernest Boyd, archival polyester-protected decorative tan dust jacket (unclipped with price $3.50 present & bevelled corners), pictorial endpapers with cartoon Balzac overlooking many of his characters, xiv + 266 pages. Weight: 2 lbs. 2 oz. Fine / Near Fine. Item #6393
Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) was a great 19th century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus is the La Comédie humaine, a series of many novels that present a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life. His widely acclaimed and lively "Droll Stories" were originally published during the 1830's as 30 tales in three sets, which are here gathered in this handsome volume.
Handsome edition and excellent translation. Tight copy with clean pages and plates. This 1" scrape near Methuselah's cheek;
SUPERIOR CONDITION: Tight, bright, clean copy. Dust jacket is remarkably well preserved with traces of soil on its back panel.