London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1885. [French Literature] VINTAGE COPY, a later edition. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.ii-viii; 262 . With a selection of six engraved plates by Benett (frontispiece and one other plate not present). Publisher's dark grey cloth with gilt titles and black decoration to spine and upper. All edges gilt; yellow-coated endpapers. Lacking both fly-leaf and frontispiece; hinges split, but holding fairly well. Purple stamp and a sticker to front pastedown. Heavy spotting and marking throughout. Quite clearly an ex-library copy which has been read almost to destruction; heavily cocked. Plate facing p.73 not present. Blue stamp to p.23 reads 'This Book to returned in 14 Days.' Lower joint starting. Heavy wear to cloth, with bumped corners and fraying to head and tail of spine. Poor. 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, and this translation first published in 1880. Item #57471
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