Title: A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND ...
Publisher: George Routledge & Sons, London & New York
Publication Date: 1885
Book Condition: Very Good
210 printed pages. LIMITED EDITION, numbered copy, number 428 out of 550 copies. Profusely illustrated with 12 full-page, tissue-guarded photogravure plates ("by the Goupil process") and 220 line drawings throughout the text by Maurice Leloir. Printed by H. Launette, Librairie Artistique, Paris. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut. Sumptuously marbled endpapers. Scattering of very light foxing. Original chromolithographed front cover bound in at the rear. 24.5 x 32.5 cm. Contemporary half Levant blue morocco binding. Spne with six compartments, gilt lettering and central foliate star-burst tooling withing gilt borders. Top and tail of the spine have worn down by 1 mm and there has been general very slight abrasion to the raised bands and the tooling. Hinges cracked but still intact. Covers are leather over marbled paper boards, with similar slight wear and abrasion. Corners very slightly worn. However, this copy does present very well overall. Leloir (1853-1940) was one of the lifelong professionals in the history of French illustration whose designs appeared over five decades. Working by preference with stories set in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Leloir depicted the costumes in his work as accurately as possible. It was his eminence in his field which led Douglas Fairbanks to bring him to Hollywood as artistic director of The Iron Mask (1929). A Sentimental Journey is a short and humorous tale in the style of one of the very many off-piste sketches in Sterne's magnum opus, Tristram Shandy. Bookseller Inventory # 4359