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Droll Stories

by BALZAC, Honore de

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Franklin Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1978. Hardcover. Translation by J. Lewis May. Illustrations by Elaine Raphael and Don Bolognese. Small 4to. Full burgundy calf with gilt lettering and extensive decorations. 424pp. All edges gilt. Sewn-in satin page marker. Illustrations, watered silk endpapers. Fine. Tight, quite handsome leatherbound edition of these mid-19th century short stories. A volume in this publisher's "The Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers" series, with the accompanying 22-page booklet laid in.


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