MIRBEAU, Octave. Alméry LOBEL-RICHE and COURBOULEIX, illustrators. ~ Journal d’une femme de chambre. Paris: Javal et Bourdeaux, 1926.
4to (323 × 250 mm), pp. 309, , plus 1 original drawing, a frontispiece, 18 engraved plates and a suite in two states. Plus a complementary suite of 15 etchings in 4 states, with additional copper plate. Uncut in original wrappers. Pink box split. Interior fine. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
First edition. Number 16 of 180 copies on vélin d’Arches. An illustrated copy of Mirbeau’s 1900 novel about a maid Celestine, through her eyes the reader discovers the nauseating reality of the dominant classes and bourgeois society beneath the surface of their ‘honourable’ lives. The book includes suites of plates from two different illustrators, the main illustrator being Lobel-Riche, known for his work on books such as Les Fleurs du mal, Baudelaire and Salome, by Wilde. The second artist Courbouleix is responsible for the additional suite of etchings. Carteret IV: 282, ‘Édition recherchée et cotée’.