THE MEMOIRS OF JACQUES CASANOVA DE SEINGALT
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1940. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover in Two Slipcases. Price: $415 TEMPORARILY AVAILABLE AT: $135. A Fine set of these Memoirs translated to English, being issued in eight volumes, each bound in three-quarters red buckram with coordinating decorative red and white boards with each volume in its delicate glassine dust jacket (with the jacket to Volume One showing some damage with loss and the rest of the jackets being in Very Good or better condition with modest wear. This is set 1274 of 1500 copies (issued unsigned) in this annotated edition. The volumes are housed four volumes each in a pair of open slipcase, with each case showing general signs of use and wear. Copies in their original dust jackets are difficult to find. As many know the memoirs are by the famed 18th century Italian writer and adventurer whose name has become synonymous with promiscuity and sexual prowess. The set contains an Introduction by the English physician, eugenicist, writer, progressive intellectual and social reformer Havelock Ellis (who specialized in human sexuality) and the text was translated by the Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century Arthur Machen [the pen name of Arthur Llewellyn Jones]. Per Wikipedia: "Giacomo Girolamo Casanova ... 2 April 1725 – 4 June 1798) was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), is regarded as one of the most authentic and provocative sources of information about the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century."
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A QUITE HEAVY SET AND THE BUYER'S SHIPPING COSTS WILL EXCEED THE AMOUNT QUOTED BY THIS SITE. Fine / very good + to Near Fine. Item #3662