Carbonnek [New York]: Privately Printed [Boni & Liveright]. 1923. Large crown octavo, original blue boards with vellum paper spine lettered and decorated in gilt and ruled in blind, blue endpapers, all edges untrimmed.  pp, a few line-drawings in the text. Issued in an edition limited to 1050 numbered copies printed for subscribers, all signed by Arthur Machenthis being copy No. 483. Machen has written an eight-page Introduction specially for this New Edition, which appears only here. Very neat and attractive Ex-Libris of Oscar Taylor Blackburn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, tipped to rear paste-down. A few minor stress-marks to spine panel, corners just slightly knocked; a near fine copy in a near fine example of the original printed dust jacket, slightly dust-soiled but overall in excellent condition. Very scarce in the jacket. Goldstone & Sweetser No 57e. Item #311844
¶ François Béroalde de Verville (1556-1626) was a French Renaissance novelist, poet and intellectual. 'Fantastic Tales' - originally titled 'Moyen de Parvenir' - was first published around 1617, and is a playful, chaotic, baroque, & sometimes obscene parody of books of "table talk", in which a host of famous individuals debate, discuss and joke (with often coarse humor) about historical and philosophical matters. Arthur Machen's translation was first issued in London in 1890 - also with the spurious place of publication listed as "Carbonnek". Machen has written an eight-page Introduction specially for this New Edition. "The lantern may be the lantern of Rabelais, but the candle has guttered and fatted away into darkness and the wick stinks abominably. And, worst of all, the book is full of feeble and strained puns, which have little point in the original French, and worse than no point at all in my rendering of them. Yet, I must say, that the "Moyen de Parvenir" is a curious book." - Arthur Machen, quoted from p. 19 of Henry Danielson's Bibliography (1923).
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