(MARIANI). ‘BERTHEROY, Jean’ [pseudonym of Berthe-Corinne LE BARILLIER. Augustin POUPART, illustrator. ~ Cypsélos l’invincible. Conte grec. Paris: [Mesnil-sur-l’Estrée: Firmin-Didot for] Henri Floury, 1904.
Folio (325 × 245 mm), pp. , 32, , including adverts at end, plus engraved portrait frontispiece, numerous pochoir coloured illustrations and ornaments. Original decorative wrappers (slightly torn at spine). From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
First edition, number 2 of 25 copies on japon (of a total edition of 300) this copy for Prince Rolande Bonaparte, with an additional watercolour inserted. Part of the Mariani collection extolling the virtues of his coca wine. Rolande Bonaparte was a grandson of Lucien Bonaparte, Emperor Napoleon I's brother.
Author ‘Jean Bertheroy’ was in fact female writer Berthe-Corinne Le Barillier (1868-1927). She had become the first secretary to the jury of the Femina literary prize established also in 1904. This album contains a fine and striking engraved portrait of her.