BONNEFON, Jean de, translator. František, KUPKA, illustrator. ~ Cantique des cantiques qui est sur Salomon traduit littéralement et remis à la scène par Jean de Bonnefon. Paris: [Lecoq & Mathorel for] Librairie universelle, 1905.
Folio (355 × 285 mm), pp.  (including printed wrappers on grey paper). Decorative titles, six woodcut illustrations, coloured borders throughout, numerous decorative initials. Lightly browned throughout. Contemporary marbled half calf. Joints cracked but secure.
First edition, with strikingly eroticised illustrations for the Song of Songs. ‘Kupka is now well known for the abstract paintings of his later career. Before the First World War, however, he was primarily a representational artist. (Ray, Art of the French Illustrated Book, p. 511). The text, a translation by Catholic author and journalist Bonnefon, had been produced for a dramatised performance in May 1905. This is one of the unsigned copies on papier vergé (after 517 numbered and signed copies).