Perrault's fairy tales, with fine colour woodcuts by Lucien Boucher
First, limited edition (this being Exemplaire 773 of 775, sur papier vergé de Rives, a la forme, fabriqué spécialement pour cette édition). Hardback, rebound in blue half-leather bu Hatchette of London with five raised bands and gilt titling to spine. Top edge gilt. 24.5 × 19cm, 233pp . with original cover bound in at rear. French text.
Charles Perrault's fairy tales derived from earlier folk tales, published in his Histoires ou contes du temps passé (1697). Stories here include Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), La Belle au bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty), Le Maistre Chat, ou Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots) and Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre (Cinderella).
This edition is illustrated throughout with fine colour woodcuts by Lucien Boucher, a French artist, illustrator and poster designer and has an introduction by the symbolist poet, Henri de Regnier.
This copy is in very good condition. The leather is in good order but scuffed a little to the spine ends, and with some minor surface fading to the spine. There is a little light tanning to the boards edges and a very slight splaying to the boards. The contents are very clean and well bound with a few spots of light foxing to the first few pages. A very attractive copy.