Delvau (1867) A La Porte du Paradis – 1st edition


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Delvau, Alfred.  À la porte du paradis. Ma première leçon de boxe. Je me tuerai demain. Feu André-André. L’Héritier du mandarin, etc. (Paris: Achille Faure, 1867)  1st edition. Trans: At the door of paradise. My first boxing lesson. I will kill myself tomorrow. The late André-André. The Heir of the Mandarin, etc.

16mo. 317 pages followed by Table of Contents and 3 page list of his works. Hardcover. Quarter bound in marbled paper with dark green leather spine stamped in gilt. Marbled endpapers.

Provenance: S. P. Scott (Samuel Parsons Scott) – (1846-1929) was a lawyer, banker and book collector who, upon his death, donated his estate to build a library at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia – leaving his wife with a token of his esteem. “…because on account of the insults, outrages, cruelty, disgrace and humiliation which she has constantly and without reason, during my entire married life, heaped upon me”, he left her $75,000 of his 3 million dollar estate. The library also received the majority of his books.

Condition: Hinges show scuffing, light edgewear, some paper loss to marbled front cover, as though a bookseller’s label were removed. Bookplate of S. P. Scott on front pastedown. Light foxing throughout. Binding solid, hinges firm.

Alfred Delvau , born in 1825 in Paris where he died on , at 42, is a French journalist and writer. –