1922 The Marriage of Don Quixote (in French, Le Mariage de Don Quichotte). Paul-Jean Toulet. Pochoir.


A unique Don Quixote work, Le Mariage (French), with inimitable early 20th century pochoir style illustrations by Charles Martin; a nice addition to your Quixote collection. The binding displays well, and the illustrations are a pleasure. Limited to only 775 copies (this numbered 250), and printed on Lafuma paper.

About the Author -

Paul-Jean Toulet was the son of a wealthy sugar planter, originally from Pau but living in Mauritius. He was most famous for his acerbic wit, his addition to opium, and his friendship with Maurice Sailland - the "prince of gastronomes". Toulet became a model or an inspiration to the fantaisist poetic movement from 1911 until the Great War. This explains the following comment made on the reception of his works: "When two men who have read Paul-Jean Toulet meet (usually in a bar), they immediately imagine it's a certain form of aristocracy".

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 25 x 19 x 3 cm. Leather spine and corners (approx. 1/2 leather), with marbled paper covering the boards. Four raised cords on spine, with the title and author in gilt in the two compartments made (see pictures). Decorative paper endpapers. Top edge gilt. Silk place keeping ribbon. Illustrated in the pochoir style. Limited to 775 copies (numbered 250). Original front and rear board bound in (but not the spine strip). Pages - (2) Paper board, 1/2 title, frontis, title, preface, 211 printed pages, index, colophon, rear board, (2).

Condition -

See pictures. Shelf wear to binding and spine, with some marks, rubbing and edge wear; rear joint lightly cracking. Corners a little bumped too. Still, despite wear, the binding has a handsome effect. Endpapers are toned; pencil bookseller notes on front blank endpapers. There are examples of foxing throughout but it is never heavy. Page 83 has a mark in the gutter, margin only, no text affected. The bottom of page 112 was not opened well and there is a tear at the bottom margin.

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