Charles Carrington Collection:Thais | Translated from the French of Anatole France. LONDON , CHARLES CARRINGTON, 1901. Illustrations by Martin Van Maele.



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As a rolling tribute to my good friend Michael Neal, who sadly passed away on October 21st. I am continuing with my promise to catalogue all the Charles Carrington titles from our combined collections. This particular title is one from Michaels collection and a wonderful example of a working book that has been read and bears the signs of wear with pride. An absolute treat to handle, great size and weight, printed on heavy hand made Van Gelder paper, beautiful print job and fabulous Van Maele illustrations, always at his best when there is room for his marvellous monsters.

Thaïs is a novel by French writer Anatole France, published in 1890 and considered one of his best works. It is based on events in the life of Saint Thaïs of Egypt, a legendary convert to Christianity who is said to have lived in the 4th century. In the story, Paphnuce, an ascetic hermit of the Egyptian desert, journeys to Alexandria to find Thais, the libertine beauty whom he knew as a youth. Masquerading as a dandy, he is able to speak with her about eternity; surprisingly he succeeds in converting her to Christianity. Yet on their return to the desert he becomes fascinated with her former life. She enters a convent to repent of her sins. He cannot forget the pull of her famous beauty, and becomes confused about the values of life. Later, as she is dying and can only see heaven opening before her, he comes to her side and tells her that her faith is an illusion, and that he loves her.

Anatole France (François-Anatole Thibault 1844-1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and sceptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie Française, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature “in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament”. France is also widely believed to be the model for narrator Marcel’s literary idol Bergotte in Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.


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8vo. 304pp. Limited edition of 500 copies on hand-made paper watermarked Van Gelder. Frontispiece + 20 engravings by Martin van Maele done in shades of black and brown; with tissue guards. 6″x9″, x+304pp, hardbound, blue moire silk boards with blind stamped borders, gilt titles on spine, deckled edges, Van Gelder hand-made paper, beautiful tipped-in illustrations protected by tissue guard and printed in combination of black & brown ink, good condition, bumping to corners, some sunning to spine, slight foxing to prelims, interior pages clean.

(Kinsey: 843.7 F815 t3E 1901. The Satyrical Drawings of Martin van Maele; Cythera Press, 1970. Private collection.)Description
Thais, Anatole France, trans. Robert B. Douglas, illus. by Martin van Maële (Charles Carrington, London, 1901 [first English translation, first edition, limited edition, one of 500])

The First English translation of France’s adaptation of the Golden Legend tale. Originally published in Paris by Calmann-Lévy, 1890; and again by Romagnol in 1900, with illustrations by Lauren, in a limited edition of 300 copies [Forbidden Books, p.29]. Anatole France is a pseudonym used by Jacques Anatole Thibault.


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Charles Carrington Collection: Henryk Sienkiewicz, Pan Michael, Paris: Charles Carrington1904, Illustrated by Martin Van Maele.

Books for Trade: Anon (Gustav Droz), Un été à la Campagne, A Mitylene n.p (Paris) n.d (1920) (Briffaut). Illustrations by Van Troizem ( Van Maele )

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Charles Carrington Collection: Jean de Villiot; La Flagellation Amoureuse. Charles Carrington , Paris 1904, illustrations by Martin van Maele.

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Another rare Carrington, with Van Maele illustrations, this one a fairly recent acquisition, and yet another example of the quality of Carrington publications, therefore as much attention given to text and page decorations as the illustrations. This will have been a later rebind as the original covers are only partially preserved.

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Jean de Villiot, La Flagellation Amoureuse; DANS L’HISTOIRE DES MŒURS ET DANS LA LITTÉRATURE SUIVIE DE La Flagellation des Femmes EN FRANCE SOUS LA REVOLUTION ET LA TERREUR BLANCHE Cinq eaux-fortes de MARTIN VAN MAELE PARIS CHARLES CARRINGTON, LIBRAIRIE-EDITEUR 13, Faubourg Montmartre, 1904. 12.7cm. x 21.59cm. 240pp. Printed on laid paper by Veuve Félix Guy et Cie, 20th April 1904. Title page printed in orange and black. Head and tail pieces. Decorative first letter to each chapter. 5 full-page engravings (signed) by Martin van Maele with tissue guards .

This Book: Rebound in quarter black leather on cream textured boards, spine decorated with 4 gilt fluerons, 4 raised bands , lined in gilt, author and title stamped in gilt lettering. Original front and back covers, cropped and pasted on card inserts. Some light sporadic foxing but overall in very good condition.

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Books for Trade: Jean de Villiot: Parisienne et Peux-Rouges, La Flagellation à Travers le Monde. 20 compositions symboliques de Henri Caruchet. Paris: Charles Carrington, 1904.

Charles Carrington Collection: Jean du Villiot (trans): La Flagellation Des Femmes en Allemagne. illustrations par Martin van Maele, Paris Charles Carrington, 1901.

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Books for Sale: Pierre de Jusange: La Comtesse au Fouet, Collection des Orties Blanches, Paris n.d. (1926), illustrations hors-texte de Martin Van Maele.

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Well controversy, pursues me whatever I do. And another bibliographical puzzle. This one fits a sub collection, in that it has Van Maele illustrations, but once listed it can go, hence Book for Sale. My attempt to  confuse in this instance, is that all other copies on sale and the bibliographical reference indicate 7 hors-texte illustrations, but there are 8, as evidenced by the listing below.

As those of you that read, may already have spotted, I am displaying images in book form, so if you want just the image you will have to do a little work. I am no longer flat bed scanning anything, the books are too fragile and/or rare. Plenty of other sites have sterile paint shopped images, so go look at them. Any way my eyesight, perspective and patience are all completely shot and I cant be bothered.

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Pierre de Jusange: ( Pierre Dumarchey) La Comtesse au Fouet, Collection des Orties Blanches,79 rue de Vaugirard, Paris n.d. (1926), illustrations hors-texte de Martin Van Maele. Printer, Saint-Amand (cher) – Imp R Bussiere.  In original publishers thin card covers, printed in red and black on front cover and spine, original price of 25 Francs on spine. Back cover printed in black with list of 10 other titles in the series. 253 pages. ( 20 x 13.5 x 3 cm. weight 300 gr). illustrated with 8 (eight) (huit), full page illustrations by Martin Van Maele (unsigned), The condition of the book is good, though printed on very cheap paper, which has yellowed with age, there is some splitting to the tail of the spine at the front cover, (see images). The 8 illustrations which have been bound in, are on much better quality paper than the text, and have fared better, so I grade them as very good.

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Comtesse au Fouet, La PIERRE DE JUSANGE | LA COMTESSE [red] | AU FOUET [red] | Illustrations hors– texte de | MARTIN VAN MAELE | [block quotation] | Tome 1 [Tome 2] | PARIS | COLLECTION DES ORTIES BLANCHES [red] | 79, RUE DE VAUGIRARD, 79 (1926) 8vo. 254 pp. Illustrated with 7 hors-texte engravings by Van Maele, all unsigned. Printed by R. Bussière (15 Oct 1926). “Collection Des Orties Blanches” is the imprint of Jean Fort. He first published this title in 1909 and again about 1911 with illustrations by Ludovic Riezer. The author, Pierre de Jusange, (and the illustrator for the 1911 edition) is a pseudonym used by Pierre Dumarchey (aka Pierre Mac Orlan). (Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-777. Kinsey: 843.8 M17 c68 1911. Importante Bibliothèque d’Ouvrages Érotiques: lot 271. Private collection)

Perry, S. A.. Martin Van Maele: An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist (Kindle Locations 182-188).  . Kindle Edition.

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Books for Trade: Pierre Dumarchey( Pierre de Jusange), La Comtesse au Fouet, Belle et Terrible. Jean Fort Paris 1911

Books for Trade,René-Michel Desergy, Diana Gantée Collection des Orties Blanches, illustrated by Léon Pierre, Paris 1932

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Pierre de Jusange: La Comtesse au Fouet, Collection des Orties Blanches, Paris n.d. (1926), illustrations hors-texte de Martin Van Maele.

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