VAN OFFEL, Edmond, illustrator. Frédéric de FRANCE. ~ Edmond van Offel. Paris: [Antwerp: J.-E. Buschmann for] L. Borel, 1902.
Square 4to (295 × 290 mm), pp. 65, , final advert lead. Wood engraved illustrations (some full-page) and ornaments throughout, some printed in red/sepia. Light foxing throughout. Original wrappers. A very good copy. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
First edition, inscribed by the author to Edouard Detaille, one of 775 copies on wove paper, of a total edition of 800. An important early survey, with a large number of engravings, of the work of one of Martin Stone’s beloved Belgian symbolists. Van Offel’s dark imagination is occasionally redolent of Ricketts at his best.