NP: NP (Privately Printed), (1929). Limited Edition. Hardcover. Translated by Ernest Dowson. Tall 8vo. Pp. xi; 145, (1), followed by a Beardsley portrait of Balzac. Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. Of an edition limited to 1,000 copies, this is number 215. Bound in gold silk over pink paper-covered boards. Previous owner bookplate on front pastedown is that of Calvin Otto, whose book collection formed the exhibit "Only in Cloth: Publisher's Bookbindings 1830-1910" at the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Printed label on spine. Spine is faded, with some wear to silk. In the publisher's slipcase, which shows edgewear. Very Good. Item #484
A "naughty" translation of Balzac's famous story, ably accented by Beardsley's risque illustrations, with bibliographic data deliberately obfuscated to thwart US Mail Service inspectors. A handsome, charming production. Bookseller inventory S101925X1D.