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AuthorFrançois Rabelais
TitleLes Songes Drolatiques de Pantagruel
PublisherEdwin Tross

Catalog No.PQ1687.S69 1869

NotesA series of 120 images, long believed, erroneously, to be the work of Rabelais himself. They supposedly depict major figures of his day as grotesque allegories. The original edition was published in Lyons in 1565 in a very small press run, and has consequently become a signal rarity. In 1823, the Songes reappeared as volume IX of the Johanneau edition of Rabelaisís works. Edwin Tross reissued these plates in 1869 in a single volume, accompanied by the first critical introduction ever written about them, by Tross himself. The book was printed by Perrin in Lyon, who at that time was acknowledged as a specialist of luxury editions. The Kroch library copy is one of no more than three printed on vellum. It is also sumptuously bound in full red morrocan leather, with elaborate gold tooling, by Lortic, one of the master binders of the second half of the French nineteenth century,

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