Paris: Librairie des Amateurs, A. Ferroud, 1900. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo (6-1/4" x 9-1/2") attractively bound by A. Cuzin in full mustard morocco leather, the boards with leather inlays of lily pads, flowers, and butterflies; gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt. Of a total of 350 copies, this is #31 of 80 printed on "papier du Japan ou grand velin d'Arches," with lovely color illustrations by Henri Caruchet interleaved with an additional suite of the illustrations on chine before letters. Gautier's translation of THE WATER PAVILION from Chinese to French in 1846 was, while not the first, one of the earliest. Armorial bookplate of Mexborough on the front pastedown. A few scuffs to the spine and edges. Near Fine. Item #017824
Gautier wrote plays, poetry, novels, short stories, and theater criticism. His most famous work is MADEMOISELLE DE MAUPIN, an historical romance based on the life of French opera star Mlle Maupin, who was a first-rate swordswoman and often went about disguised as a man. Another well-known work is his short story "La Morte Amoureuse," the story of a priest who falls in love with a beautiful woman who turns out to be a vampire.