The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt (Six Volumes). Giacomo Girolamo, Casanova de Seingalt, Arthur Machen, trans.
The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt (Six Volumes)
The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt (Six Volumes)

The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt (Six Volumes)

Very Good / Very Good or Good. Item #6984

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, [c.1960]. Octavo; Vol I lii + 729pp; Vol II xii + 714pp; Vol III viii + 650pp; Vol IV viii + 656pp; Vol V viii + 637pp; Vol VI viii + 717pp, including Supplements and Bibliography. B&W reproductions of Watteau-, Boucher-, Fragonard-ish images throughout: 8 in Vol I; 4 apiece in each of the subsequent volumes. Pictorial dust jackets by "Cornelia." Jade cloth with gilt spine lettering; plum endpapers.

The jackets for Vols I and II show losses at crown of spine (see photos); lesser losses and closed tears at folds or corners on remaining jackets; jackets are otherwise whole. Cloth is slightly sunned at top of all volumes. A few ink notations in the opening pages of Vol I, and a small liquid stain (coffee?) at p. 108, with some dribbles onto textblock fore-edge; textblocks of remaining volumes are unmarred and unmarked.

Machen's 1894 translation, reprinted here, was the first "complete" one of a slightly expurgated Casanova text. The one topic for reproach in this neat presentation—featuring a very Venetian color scheme—is the reimagination of Casanova's face in a Guido Crepax mode on the six dustjackets: contemporary portraits make clear that Jack Jerry Newhouse's face was nowhere near so dashing. On the other hand, the Old Master reproductions within the set are discreet enough (unlike those of the 1966 edition of the Trask translation) that you can leave these volumes on the coffee table when company comes.

Price: $75.00