Published by Michel Lévy Frères, Paris (New Edition, 1856). Hardback. First edition. In French. Rebound with marbled boards. Appears to have been from a paperback edition as the original cover, spine and back cover are bound internally.
The Grotesques is a work by Théophile Gautier, first published in 1844, consisting of ten articles aimed at discovering or rehabilitating poets from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV, under the name of "grotesques": Villon, Scalion of Virbluneau, Theophile of Viau, Pierre of Saint-Louis, Saint-Amant, Cyrano of Bergerac, Colletet, Chapelain, Scudery, Scarron.
Gautier was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, art and literary critic.
The work is reissued three times, during the lifetime of the author, in 1853 , 1856 and 1859 and posthumously in 1993 and 2012.
CONDITION: Used, very good. The cover has a a number of scuffs and the corners are lightly bumped. There is a very small split to the top of the spine where it meets the back board. The original cover is a bit dirty and pages are roughly edged. A few brown spots on the last few pages, otherwise clean and bright pages with very little browning bar early and later pages which consist of the original paperback covers. Firmly bound. (See photos)