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[ С OMO В , К О Н С Т А Н Т И Н А Н Д Р Е Е В И Ч ].

[ С OMO В , К О Н С Т А Н Т И Н А Н Д Р Е Е В И Ч ]. Le livre de la Marquise. Recueil de poesie et de prose. Publication: R. Golicke and A. Wilborg, St. Petersburg, 1918. FIRST EDITION OF SOMOV’S CELEBRATED ILLUSTRATIONS, limited to 800 copies. Somov (1869-1939) initiated the project of gathering various erotic literary works, mainly French from the 18th century, and illustrated them with numerous hand-coloured compositions, in which he developed his sensual and sometimes pre- cious style. Description and Bibliographical references: 4to (26 x 19.2 cm). Half-title, title, vi pp., [1] l., 200 pp., [3] l. (one blank), 21 plates including a frontispiece and numerous illustrations in text, all by Somov, many signed and hand-coloured. Modern red cloth to style, gilt lettering to upper cover, at spine lettered in gilt.