Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1889. First English language edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 3/4 x 6 1/2"). viii, 392pp. Untrimmed. Contemporary 3/4 morocco over blue cloth, with gold lettering and
tooling to spine. Raised bands. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Title page in red and black lettering. Tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials.
Limited to 250 copies (our copy being unnumbered), this exquisitely produced work is a reprint of the Holland, 1791 Edition of Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue.
"Justine" is set just before the French Revolution in France and tells the story of a young girl who goes under the name of Thérèse. Her story is recounted to Madame de Lorsagne while defending herself for her crimes, en route to punishment and death. She explains the series of misfortunes that led to her present situation.
This book, the first of de Sade's books published, is a much extended and more graphic version than "Justine," the novella he wrote in 1787 while imprisoned in the Bastille.
Binding heavily rubbed along edges. Some abrasion to leather. Binding in overall good-, interior in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #46685