Paris: Editions Kra [printed by M. Massol], 1929. Dubout, Albert. 2nd Printing. Wraps. Second printing with illustrations by Dubout, no. 960 of 1000, octavo size, 21 pp., in French. Near fine. Item #18041739
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636-1711), known simply as Boileau, was a French poet and satirist whose work had a great influence on French poetry. "Les Embarras de Paris" is a long poem relating the narrator's attempt to sleep and find respite in the tumult and bustle of Paris; the scenes and characters are often exaggerated to create a sense of humorous, though desperate, chaos.
This edition is illustrated by Albert Dubout (1905-1976), a French cartoonist and painter who created illustrations for many editions of books by well-known authors such as Miguel de Cervantes, Voltaire, and Edgar Allen Poe (n. b., info from Wikipedia). His caricatures, printed in wildly bright colours, bring out the madness and disorder described in the text. This volume is the second printing with Dubout's illustrations.
___DESCRIPTION: Light brown paper wraps with black and green lettering and a four-colour illustration by Dubout on the front wrap, all edges uncut, frontispiece a full-colour illustration of a man writing at his desk, title page in green and black, full-colour illustrations by Dubout throughout; octavo size (8.5" by 6.25"), pagination: [1-4] 5-19  [1 colophon], one of 1000 copies, this number 960. Please note that the text is in French. With prior owner inscription "Joyeux Noel..." written in pen on the front free endpaper. The original glassine wrapper is still over the wraps.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean wraps, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the only prior owner marking we see is the inscription mentioned above; some minor wear to the head and tail of the spine, and some slight foxing to the front wrap and to the free endpapers, else fine. The glassine wrapper is very good, clean overall, with overall minor edge wear, and a small (three-quarter-inch) closed tear to the rear wrap.
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