Limited to 52 copies
Merimee, Prosper. London: John C. Nimmo, 1890. 1st edition thus. Limited edition, hand-numbered 47 of 52 copies. 110 wood engravings from drawings by Edouard Toudouze. Translated by George Saintsbury. Cloth with a spine label. 309 pp. 4to. Very good.
Exceedingly scarce edition limited to merely 52 copies in the United States and Great Britain. Copiously illustrated and printed on superfine Japanese vellum paper. Blue and gray cloth binding with a brown paper label. Toned boards and fraying to the spine extremities. Very fine text block.
Prosper Mérimée, (born Sept. 28, 1803, Paris—died Sept. 23, 1870, Cannes, Fr.), French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and master of the short story whose works—Romantic in theme but Classical and controlled in style—were a renewal of Classicism in a Romantic age.