PICCOLOMINI, Silvio. [PIUS II]. Maurice LALAU, illustrator. ~ Histoires de deux Amants. Paris: Jules Meynial, [ 1931].
Folio (315 × 226 mm), pp. I-XI, 121,  including 18 illustrations plus numerous decorative initials, all printed in colours and gold, plus an original watercolour drawing. Loose as issued in original wrappers. Chemise split at joints, box slightly torn. The book itself fine. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST EDITION of this illustrated French translation of the fifteenth-century De duobus amantibus historia. One of 100 copies on Madagascar, this one with an additional signed watercolour drawing, (after 13 copies hors commerce, total edition 113). A translation of Piccolomini’s 1444 story about two lovers Euryalus and Lucretia: an apology for carnal love, though with the author remarking in the last chapter that love gives more bitterness and worry than pleasure. Maurice Lalau specialised in elaborate colour-printing processes for illustrated books in a quasi-medievalist style, with rich colours and very delicate, decorative detail often embellished with gold. The typography is by Marthe Fequet. Carteret IV, p. 317: ‘Très belle publication cotée... tirage résérvé aux frais d’un groupe de bibliophiles’.