Sébastian Roch. Roman de Moeurs. by MIRBEAU, Octave.

Sébastian Roch. Roman de Moeurs. by MIRBEAU, Octave.

~ Sébastian Roch. Roman de Moeurs. Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1906.

8vo (185 × 130 mm), pp. [6], 353, [3], plates, including a woodcut frontispiece on thick paper signed by the artist. Original wrappers, preserved in later blue half morocco. An excellent copy.

First illustrated edition, copy number 4 of 6 on chine, with a woodcut frontispiece signed by H.-G. Ibels. A powerful and taboo-breaking novel of clerical sexual abuse, in which a young boy is abused and emotionally destroyed by his Jesuit teachers. He is expelled from school on false charges, is unable to resume a relationship with his childhood sweetheart, and dies tragically in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. The novel first appeared in 1890, and with the disturbing illustrations by Ibels, in 1906.

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