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    [Rockwell Kent]. Jean Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire. Candide. New York: Random House, 1928. Limited to ninety-five numbered copies, hand-colored in the studio of the artist, this being number thirty-one, and signed by Rockwell Kent. Octavo. [112] pages. Publisher's quarter morocco over decorative cloth over boards, top edge gilt. Housed in a contemporary slipcase and custom protective box. Slipcase with light edgewear. Spine slightly darkened, a bit of rubbing, front hinge over-opened and starting, bookplate on front free endpaper, minor scattered foxing on front and rear flyleaves. Accompanied by prospectus as well as a hand-colored example of the illustration of Dr. Pangloss and the maid. Illustration is matted with several cellophane tape adhesives on verso. Very good.

    "In 1928, Random House commissioned the great American artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) to illustrate Voltaire's Candide as the first book under its imprint." (NYPL: Rockwell Kent's Candide).

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