Tours: Maison Alfred Mame, n.d. . FIRST EDITION. Quarto, pp.142; . French language. With frequent in-text wood engravings and full-page lithographic plates by Robida. In publisher's colour-illustrated grey cloth boards with gilt titles to spine and upper board, with further gilt decoration. All edges gilt and light blue endpapers. Light even browning throughout, as expected, otherwise clean internally with just a few slight markings and signs of wear to the binding. A superb copy of a book usually found in only fair condition. Near-fine. Better known for his novels and for publications on his home region of Berry, Des Gachons was perhaps prevailed upon by Robida to write this story about the adventures of a balloon known as 'The Happiness', which was designed to be large enough to carry a small house to locations all over the world. Though here only the illustrator, Robida himself was known as a pioneer of French science fiction, and also shared Des Gachons' passion for local history, publishing a large collection of books on the old towns of France. Item #47248
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