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    Voltaire. Micromégas. Histoire Philosophique. Paris: 1923. Illustrated by Joseph Hémard and in binding by René Kieffer.

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    Voltaire (François Marie Arouet). Vignettes en couleur (Illustrated by) Joseph Hémard. Art Deco binding by René Kieffer. Micromégas. Histoire Philosophique. Paris: Ducros & Colas, 1923. Limited edition of 405 copies on vélin à la forme. This is No. 157. Art Deco design binding by Réne Kieffer with his label on front free endpaper. Full dark green morocco with marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, silk bookmark. Mild cover edge wear. Complete with 47 beautiful pochoir color images (including original wrapper) by Joseph Hémard between 1.5" by 1.1" and 5.5" by 4.8" in size. Original wrappers bound in. The binding covers are blindstamped with a circular geometric design including shooting stars surrounded by rectangular blindstamped border. Micromégas is pictured in the center with the relatively smaller alien from Saturn balanced on his hand. The spine is blindstamped with geometric and star elements, gilt lettering. A Scarce lovely complementary binding by a French master of the art. Octavo. 53, [2] pages. In a custom cloth covered clamshell box with gilt lettering on the spine.


    "In Micromegas, a gigantic visitor from one of the planets of Sirius and his hardly less gigantic friend from Saturn arrive on Earth. They lift a ship out of the Baltic. Holding it in the palm of one hand, the two giants examine it through a microscope and observe the human beings aboard, with whom they talk. Rabelais was probably an influence here; Swift is also mentioned; but the inversion of having a space journey done to Earth rather than from it is characteristically Voltairean; so is the conversation. In the end, the two enormous visitors present the creatures of Earth with a volume in which, they promise, the explanation of the universe will be found. When the secretary of the Academy of Sciences in Paris opens the volume, he finds it contains nothing but blank pages." - Aldiss and Wingrove, Trillion Year Spree, pages 85-86.

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