London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1880. [French Literature] FIRST UK EDITION. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.viii; 262 . With 49 engraved plates by Benett, including a frontispiece. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and black decoration to spine and upper, recently re-backed in matching blue cloth with the original spine laid over. Original endpapers with neat repairs to hinges. All edges gilt. Light spotting to preliminaries; some occasional minor marks to text. Binder's label to rear pastedown. Lightly toned throughout with a distinctive tobacco scent. Heavy wear and toning to original spine cloth, and moderate wear to boards. Restored to an attractive, useable condition. Very good. Something of a farce, in which a wealthy Chinese man tries to have himself killed to trigger a life insurance policy after being informed that he has lost his fortune, only to discover later that he has not lost everything. First translated into English in the US in 1879. Although the publisher's catalogue is dated April 1880, this London edition was not released for sale until November that year, one month after the New York edition was published by E.P. Dutton. Item #57446
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