Geneva: Editions Slatkine, 1981. 1st Edition Thus. Slim folio, publisher's salmon paper-covered boards, upper board printed in black.
Reproductions of 12 pornographic mezzotint engravings, plus an engraved title-page, originally published anonymously c.1835, and commonly attributed to Parisian illustrator Devéria, Director of the Bibliothèque Nationale's print department. Baudelaire said of Devéria's work that "it breathed an indefinable spirit of agreeable reverie. All his coquettish and delicately voluptuous women were the ideal representations of those desirable creatures to be met with of an evening at concerts, at the Bouffes, the Opera, or in fashionable drawing rooms" (Selected Writings on Art and Artists). The engravings - specimens of the "diablerie érotique" genre of illustration that gained popularity in early 19th-century France - depict the devil and his minions having their way with a series of such coquettish and delicately voluptuous women. Selected, and with a preface and notes, by historian of erotic and underground publishing Duprilot. Text in French. Light edgewear, with tears to head of spine. Very good. Item #133