Paris: Chez les Bons Libraires, 1869. First edition thus. Hardcover. Unpaginated: frontispiece and 120 full-page [peculiar] illustrations on rectos, text on facing versos; some worming to margins of final few leaves. Original wrappers, printed in red and black, are now tanning and bound in. Later binding of half red morocco and marbled boards; spine with raised bands and gilt lettering; marbled endpapers; binder's ticket of Stechert-Hafner, 31 E. 10 St., New York 3. 8" x 4.75" Very Good. Item #039558
This is a 19th-century facsimile of the 1565 edition published by Richard Breton and falsely attributed to Rabelais, who had died a decade earlier. It is believed that Francois Desprez, one of Breton's engravers, actually created the phantasmagorical illustrations.