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BALZAC Honoré de. The Skin of Chagrin. Roman philosophique....

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BALZAC Honoré de. The Skin of Chagrin. Roman philosophique. Paris, Ch. Gosselin et Urbain Canel, 1831; 2 volumes in-8, old olive morocco bindings, the boards mosaicked with red and green romantic motifs within a frame of eight gilt filets, spines decorated with gilt motifs and a red mosaic motif, inner gilt lace, entirely untrimmed, yellow covers (Ch. de Samblanx rel.). First edition with two wood-engraved frontispieces by Tony Johannot printed on China paper. The 29-page preface has not been reproduced in subsequent editions. A few light brown spots. A rare copy at full margins, with cover and spine in excellent condition, in FLAMBOYANT NEO-ROMANTIC BINDINGS SIGNED BY THE BRUSSELSMAN CHARLES DE SAMBLANX, EXECUTED IN THE 1900s.