The True Temptation of the Great Saint Anthony. Contes de Noël.
Paris: G. Charpentier, 1880. - In-4, half beige cloth with bradel, smooth spine decorated with a gilt fleuron, untrimmed, cover preserved (Paul Vié).
First edition of this collection of 8 tales by Paul Arène. It is illustrated with black compositions in the text and on the full page by Vollon, Bastien-Lepage, Léonce Petit, J. d'Alheim, Sahib, G. Rochegrosse, Scott, Forain, Ch. Bigot, L. Chevallier and Sutter.
ANATOLE FRANCE'S ISSUE, enriched with this autograph letter from the author on the white cover :
" To the dear poet Anatole France // homage from a frozen author // Paul Hervieu "
Soiling to the binding, stains and tears restored to the cover
Staining on the upper part of the first 6 leaves, foxing.