EXTRA ILLUSTRATED WITH EROTIC PLATES IN FULL MOROCCO BY DAVID
VOLTAIRE (François-Marie Arouet) ~ La Pucelle D’Orleans.
A Buckingham. (Probably Paris, 1791)
Full morocco, 8.75 inches tall. A later, stunning binding by David with gilt raised bands, very finely gilt tooled panels, dentelles and all edges gilt. Gilt triple fillets and floral corner tools frame the boards. Embellished with 43 engraved plates, 21 probably being from the published work and a further 22 explicitly erotic engraved plates. Three sections of verse have been completed in a contemporary hand where the printer has omitted the lines, leaving blank spaces. Many clandestine editions were printed of this scandalous poem, considered contrary to the moral values of France. In its original French, this is a particularly beautiful example of this heroic poem in 14 songs by Voltaire.