ZOLA, Émile. DIGNIMONT and COURBOULEIX, illustrators. ~ L'Assomoir. Paris [Argenteuil: Coulouma for] Javal et Bourdeaux, 1931.
3 volumes, large 4to (328 × 250 mm), pp. , 461,  plus 30 colour printed plates by Dignimont, with a suite in monochrome separately bound and a further volume of 60 plates by Courbouleix (30 coloured, 30 monochrome), plus an original drawing by Dignimont and a copper plate for one of the Courbouleix plates. Contained in two original and very elaborate purple silk lined morocco boxes. Fine. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
ONE OF SIXTY COPIES ONLY (all on Japon), this copy with an original drawing and copper plate. Part of Javal et Bourdeaux’s lavish Rougon-Macquart series (which also included Nana, Germinal and La Terre), the plates by Dignimont and Courbouleix providing an appropriately gritty counterpart to the novel. Carteret IV, p. 411: ‘Édition recherchée et cotée’.