New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1943. Hardcover. Introduction by Jacques Barzun. Illustrations by Andre Dugo. 4to. Quarter burgundy morocco with gilt-lettered green cloth spine label and blue paper over boards, slipcase. xliii, 300pp. Hand-colored full-page line drawings. Fine/very good. Slipcase a tad sunned and edgeworn. Item #47903
Handsome, tight and bright copy of this fiction -- first published in 1835 -- base on the real-life 17th century French opera singer. Colophon at rear notes smaller wartime limitation of 1000 numbered copies (this #241) signed boldly in pencil by illustrator Dugo. Not only is the prospectus and "Monthly Letter" for this title laid in, but tipped in facing the title page is a Typed Letter Signed from LEC founder George Macy: 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 20 April 1944. Addressed to Mr. Reed. Very good. Two original folds. On "The Limited Editions Club" letterhead, Macy tells this disgruntled subscriber that "I am attaching to this letterhead a label, which can be used to replace the label which is now on the spine of your copy of Mademoiselle de Maupin. This is in compliance with your request." He goes on: "In days of old, when knights were bold and used their books a great deal, it was a publishing custom to tip inside the back cover of each book an additional label: this was to be used when anything happened to the first label -- if the design for the binding required a label on the shelf-back. Therefore, even if you don't put the new label on your copy now, you might tip it lightly inside the back cover, to be used when the necessity arises and you feel sufficiently energetic." Boldly signed in his usual brown ink. Interesting content that shows the publisher's attention to detail! And the recipient ignored his suggestion, apparently tipping the "new" label to this copy of the book (it's bright and bold) and tipping the original label (a bit dull and discolored) to Macy's letter. NEWMAN 154.