The first edition of Tartarin sur les Alpes.
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 [229 x 154 mm] of (2) ll., 334 pp., (6). Illustrated with 16 watercolors. Small ink stain p. 210. Bound in brown quarter-morocco, spine ribbed and finely decorated, top edge gilt over untrimmed edges, wrappers bound in. Contemporary binding.
First edition of one of Daudet’s best novels. Vicaire, Manuel de l’amateur, 57-58; Carteret, I, 197; Clouzot, 82; Rahir, La Bibliothèque de l’amateur, 1913.
This copy belongs to the ordinary issue, after 100 copies on Japan paper.
« ‘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 16 watercolors and many vignettes in the text drawn by Aranda, De Beaumont, Montenard, De Myrbach and Rossi and engraved by Guillaume frères.
A fine copy of this major novel by Alphonse Daudet, wide-margined, preserved in its contemporary binding, with the original wrappers bound in.