Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976. 1st Edition. Tall quarto, publisher's lavender cloth, spine stamped in silver, upper board decoratively blindstamped, pale pink endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"If Sade is the bearer of bad news for the human race, his own popularity is confirmation of it... The self-destructive power of the human race is the supreme power, in de Sade’s view, and the extinction of the species is inevitable and not to be regretted." First edition of English novelist and nonfiction writer Donald Thomas's illustrated biography of the "Divine Marquis." Tracing the life of Donatien Alphonse François, the Marquis de Sade, against the turbulent background of 18th-century France, Thomas's provocative text not only provides biographical history and information on the prolific libertine, but also considers his oeuvre's critical and artistic treatment over time. Illustrated with 71 black-and-white historical drawings, engravings and reproductions; with bibliography and index. Blank bookplate to front free endpaper. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket. Item #2456