Eloge de La Folie (In Praise of Folly)

Paris: Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1872. Later edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 200 pp. Gathered in 4s (gathering a in 8s, gatherings b-f in 4s, gatherings 1-26 in 4s). Fully bound in brown morocco with five raised bands and gilt lettering on the spine, all edges gilt. Endpapers and pastedowns are marbled and speckled with beautiful blues, oranges, pinks, and greens. The inner edges of the boards are decorated with ornate gilt tooling. Finely bound by E. Pouget, a french bookbinder of the later nineteenth century. Traduit par Victor Develay et accompagne des dessins de Hans Holbein (translated from the Latin by Victor Develay and accompanied by drawings from Hans Holbein). Hans Holbein did the original and most well-known drawings for In Praise of Folly. Numbered 342 out of 553 copies on the limitation page, printed on hand-made paper from Holland. In Praise of Folly was translated into Czech, French and German, before it was translated into English. A beautiful copy of Erasmus' brilliant satire of European superstition and the Western Catholic Church and a fine example of French book arts and printing from the latter half of the nineteenth century. Near Fine. Item #00007772

A Near Fine book with mild age darkening to the edges of the endpapers, a contemporary owner's name on the free front endpaper, and a few spots of foxing throughout, overall pages are very clean with no foxing to the drawings or text.

Price: $450.00

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