LIBANUS PRESS. BARRETT, Angela. VOLTAIRE. ~ Candide, or Optimism.
No. 52 of 125 copies. 14 full page illustrations, numerous decorative chapter headings and vignettes by Angela Barrett printed in black and cream. Text in French and English. Translated by Christopher Thacker. Printed in Fournier Monotype on Lana Royal paper. Sm. folio, bound in original vellum-backed spine over cream paper boards, title design in blue and brown to upper cover, gilt titles to spine, t.e.g. Housed in original brown paper and cloth slipcase. A fine copy.
A beautifully produced edition of Voltaire’s magnum opus being satirical tales involving political, literary, religious and philosophical matters in 18th century Western Europe, ‘an awesome summary of the multitudinous horrors Voltaire had experienced and learnt about in his lifetime’ (from Christopher Thacker’s introduction). With Angela Barrett’s richly allusive and witty illustrations.