Paris, Albin Michel, 1919.
8vo [184 x 118 mm] of 350 pp., (1) l. of table.
Bound in full red straight-grained morocco, five gilt filets on covers, spine ribbed and decorated with blind-stamped and gilt filets on the panels and with dot filets on the bands, gilt stamped date on the foot of the spine, green morocco doublures decorated with a gilt filet on the border, red, pink and gilt marbled endleaves, gilt over untrimmed edges, yellow printed wrappers and spine preserved. Case. Binding signed by Maylander.
First edition of the second novel by Pierre Benoit, one of only 220 copies printed. Talvart, I, p. 363.
Copy n°19, one of 50 copies printed on Japanese vellum.
The second novel of Pierre Benoit, L’Atlantide confirmed his success after Koenigsmark. This novel was received as a return to the « novelistic novel », which manages to make the reader dream and to give him a total feeling of change of scene.
« Pierre Benoit puts in context here a princess of legend, the bewitching Antinéa, descendent of the ancient Atlanteans, who attracts in her palace of the Hoggar the travelers of the desert to intoxicate them with love, make them die and collect next to her their mummies. It is in this place of enchantment and mystery, where a primitive charm is combined with the subtle refinements of culture that two officers arrive one day, Saint Avit and Morhange, lost during a Saharan expedition. » (Dictionnaire des Œuvres, I, 291)
Provenance: Georges Donckier de Donceel’s collection with ex libris.