DAUDET, Alphonse. Tartarin sur les Alpes. Nouveaux exploits du héros tarasconnais. Illustré d’aquarelles par Aranda, De Beaumont, Montenard, De Myrbach, Rossi. Paris, Calmann-Lévy, 1885.
Large 8vo [249 x 182 mm] of (2) bl.ll., (2) ll. including the half-title, 1 portrait, 334 pp., (6), (1) bl.l. Illustrated with 16 watercolors. Bound in red half-morocco, flat spine, untrimmed edges, wrappers and spine bound in. Uncut.
First edition of one of Daudet’s best novels, one of 100 copies printed on Japanese paper and illustrated with the author’s portrait. Vicaire, Manuel de l’amateur, 57-58; Carteret, I, 197; Clouzot, 82; Rahir, La Bibliothèque de l’amateur, 1913.
« Copies from the very first issue have the vignette on page 330 back to front. » (Clouzot)
A precious copy from the first issue, with the vignette on page 330 printed back to front.
« ‘Tartarin sur les Alpes’ was published in 1885 […]. This second book is no way inferior to ‘Tartarin de Tarascon’; many people find in it a greater interest as it is more varied. It is sure that the Provencal Daudet gave way to the Parisian Daudet, who mercilessly mocks the tourists and the mountaineers, the Swiss hotel industry and who amply uses irony in the story of the young nihilist, Sonia.». (Dictionnaire des Œuvres, VI, 342-343).
The present edition is illustrated with one portrait of the author, 16 watercolors and many vignettes in the text drawn by Aranda, De Beaumont, Montenard, De Myrbach and Rossi and engraved by Guillaume frères.
A copy from the de luxe issue of this major novel by Alphonse Daudet, especially wide-margined, with the original wrappers preserved.