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Grading: Fine copy as issued without dustjacket (as new).
Oversize hardcover. Originally published in 1897, this novella by arch-decadent Jean Lorrain (the pseudonym of Paul Alexandre Martin Duval, 1855-1906) is newly translated and annotated by Brian Stableford with a 12-page introduction, illustrated with 16 original etchings in colour, engraved by Drian, plus a ten-page essay on the artist Drian by Sandrine Tinturier. LIMITED EDITION: 300 numbered copies printed. A very attractively produced hardcover.
''Those familiar with Lorrains decadent oeuvre such as his novel Monsieur De Phocas will be unsurprised to learn that this novella is equally bizarre, eccentric and full of abnormal psychologies, epitomized by eponymous hero (party modelled on fellow-decadent author Barbey-dAurevilly) who regales two visitors to Amsterdam with stories concerning his youthful adventures in high society with his dear friend Monsieur Mortimer. It is also a strangely poignant work of exotic phantoms and faded dreams which seem to have haunted its own author, for in 1898 Lorrain wrote an epilogue to the book that remained unpublished until 1935. This moving coda is now incorporated into the present volume''.