4to., (10 2/8 x 7 1/8 inches). Half-title, title-page printed in red and black, 8-page prospectus bound-in at end including an example of the title-page, a coloured wood-engraving, text leaves with one uncoloured engraving. 176 wood engravings by Duplessis, Ernest Florian, les deux Froment, Gusman and Perrichon after d'Auguste Leroux, including 17 full-page engravings of which 15 are printed in colour.
EXCEPTIONALLY FINE BINDING of full burgundy morocco, decorated with an elaborate and intricate design of different coloured onlays, and depicting on the front cover, vignettes from the story surrounding a deep-cut window frame beyond which sits a writer at his desk in his library, gilt, with burgundy and rose morocco doublures decorated with different coloured onlays, gilt, burgundy silk moiree lined endpapers, all edges gilt, by Georges Levitzky, signed by him at the foot of the front doublure; preserved in original burgundy morocco lined slipcase and chemise (quite fragile, backstrip stengthened on the verso with Japanese tissue).
AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COPY IN A MAGNIFICENTLY EXTRAVAGANT BINDING. First published in 1893. Limited issue, number 376 of 410 copies with numbered with Arabic numerals, of a total edition of 444. Catalogued by Kate Hunter