New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1923. First edition thus. Hardcover. 8vo. , vii-xiv, , 3-275,  pp. Black cloth with gold lettering on the front board and spine, decorations in gold on the front board and spine; red topstain. Illustrated by a vignette title page, a frontispiece, eleven additional plates, and pictorial endpapers and pastedowns by Frank C. Papé. Translated by Mrs. Wilfrid Jackson. With an introduction by William J. Locke. Encyclopedia Britannica, "Anatole France French Writer". Anatole France, the son of a bookseller, was an avowed humanist and lover of literature. This was one of his most significant publications, first released in French in 1893, later published in English in 1910. The Bodley head released the Papé illustrated edition in 1922, with this one printed in America the next year. France's novel concerns a young man living in early eighteenth-century France, and his path to become educated. The novel subtly mocks belief in the occult. A beautifully illustrated edition of France's historical novel. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #00009591
A Near Fine book in a Very Good dust jacket that shows a bit of edge wear and fading to the spine panel.