An Autobiography Translated into English by Arthur Machen With an Appreciation by Havelock Ellis.London and New York: Issued for Subscribers only by The Venetian Society, 1928 Stock Code: 138632
Handsome limited editionA very handsome set of the memoirs of the great libertine, one of a stated edition of 330 unnumbered sets (other sets are known with an edition limitation of 660). The text uses the translation of the Welsh mystic and author Arthur Machen, first published in 1894, with an introductory essay by the pioneering sexologist Havelock Ellis, taken from his 1898 collection Affirmations. It additionally includes the two chapters of the Memoirs rediscovered by Arthur Symons in 1899.
12 volumes, octavo (240 x 157 mm). Contemporary purple half morocco, spines lettered in gilt, compartments gilt, pink cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
Frontispiece portrait of Jacques Casanova with tissue guard.
Bookplates of Howard Paulsen. Small tear to cloth on front cover of vol. I, occasional light wear and rubbing around extremities, yet overall a very good set, spines bright and presenting nicely.
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