New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1968. Lamotte, Bernard. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No 351 of 1500, quarto size, 279 pp., signed by Bernard Lamotte, with LEC Monthly Newsletter and Announcement. Fine / fine. Item #19062604

French writer Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), best known for his short stories written in a naturalist style, presents a story of power and corruption in "Bel-Ami"; one of Maupassant's few novels, the story has been adapted numerous times to the screen and stage.

Illustrating this publication by the Limited Editions Club is French artist Bernard Lamotte (1903-1983), whose paintings have a dark energy, matching the tone of deceit and political urgency in the text; Lamotte was also friends with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, best known for writing and illustrating "Le Petit Prince", and many of his aviation books were illustrated by Lamotte.

___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, gilt lettering and line drawings and ruled borders in white on the front board and spine, top edge gilt, frontispiece a full-colour illustration by Bernard Lamotte, title page in red and black, full-page, full-colour illustrations by Lamotte throughout; monotype Fournier, cream-white Curtis wove paper, quarto size (11.5" by 8.5"), pagination: [i-iv] v-ix [x-xi] [1-2] 3-266 [267] [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 351, signed by Bernard Lamotte on the colophon. With the announcement, one sheet, and LEC Monthly Newsletter, one sheet folded once to make four pages, with horizontal crease for mailing. In a glassine wrapper, housed in a slipcase covered in purple paper, with cream paper along the edges, and line drawing, ruled border, and lettering on the spine.

___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The announcement and Monthly Newsletter are fine, clean and without wear. The glassine wrapper is fine, clean, without wear but for very light wear at the corners. The slipcase is fine, strong and sturdy, clean but for a few stray marks, without wear, with light sunning to the edges of the purple paper, and light soiling to the bottom edge.

___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 405.

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Price: $85.00