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    The Classic Erotic Tale, One of Only Fifteen Copies

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Pierre Louÿs. Leda, or, In Praise of the Blessings of Darkness. [Easthampton]: Cheloniidae Press, 1985. Special state proof edition limited to 15 copies, this copy being number 1, signed by Alan James Robinson and Daniel E. Kelm. The state proof edition features an interpretive fine binding crafted in full alum tawed pigskin by Daniel E. Kelm at the Wide Awake Garage. The front cover has an inset bas relief paper casting taken from an original wax sculpture by Alan James Robinson. State proofs of the etchings and six wood engravings accompany a drawing and an extra suite of prints, all of which are signed by Robinson, laid into an oatmeal cloth chemise. Quarto. Unpaginated. Illustrated with five drypoint etchings and seven wood engravings by Alan James Robinson. Translation for this Cheloniidae Press edition from Comtes Antiques, Paris editions du bois sacrè, 1929, by David Ball, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Smith College. The wood engravings were printed by Harold McGrath, and the drypoints were printed by the artist at the Cheloniidae Press. The type was set by Mackenzie-Harris, San Francisco. This book was designed by Alan James Robinson and Arthur Larson. Full white alum tawed pigskin binding by Daniel E. Kelm, with pale blue and white inset of bas relief paper casting to front cover. Pale blue endpapers. Book and chemise containing prints are housed together in a modified oatmeal cloth fall back box designed to emulate a swan's wings. A fine copy of this elegant work.

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