Nine Tales from 'Les Contes Drolatiques'
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The Devil's Heir and other tales from 'Les Contes Drolatiques' by Honoré de Balzac. Illustrated by R. A. Brandt. First Edition. Published by John Westhouse, London, 1945. 8vo (approx 8.75"H x 6"W). 188pp. No dust jacket. Beige coloured cloth boards. Authors name on upper board in brown script. Title and publisher in brown on spine. Title different on spine - Nine Tales From 'Les Contes Drolatiques'. Author’s prologue "This book is for fine palates. It is full of the most succulent diversions, spiced to the taste of those remarkable and priceless connoisseurs and topers to whose ears are worthy compatriot, the everlasting pride of Touraine, Francois Rabelais, addressed his work". Accompanied admirably by the arresting b & w illustrations from R. A. Brandt. Boards lightly marked, spine browned. Owner’s inscription on free endpaper & dated 1945. Condition good.