|Reybaud, Louis, and J.-J. Grandville (illus.), JÉROME
PATUROT A LA BECHERCHE D'UNE POSITION SOCIALE (Paris: J.-J.
Dubouchet Le Chevalier et Cie., 1846). First illustrated
edition[?], French language text, 26.5 x 18cm (4to), in contemp. black
morocco w/gilt ruling to covers & gilt decorations & title to
spine, 5 raised bands, a.e.g., marbled ep.s, silk ribbon marker, 460
[viii] pp., +frontis & numerous full-page & in-text wood
engravings after Grandville. Printed by Typ. Schneider et
Langrand, Paris. Inscribed "W.M. Rossetti, 1871" & "To my
dear Helen [Rossetti Angeli], Novr. 1903. This book was a great
favourite with Gabriel [DGR] & me towards 1847" to verso of fr.
ep.; also w/German language presentation dated 1846 to recto of 1st
blank. Binding Good- (fr. cover creased, extremities rather
bumped & worn, & covers rubbed); contents Very Good (moderate
foxing & stains to 1st & final few leaves w/infrequent lt.
spotting elsewhere). (Inv. #1298) C$1,000
Judging from the 1871 date inscr. by William, one could assume that this is not the same copy admired by him & his brother in their youth. On the other hand, it is entirely possible that it's the same copy & he inscr. it at a later date. An uncommon opportunity to own an item which influenced the youthful Dante Gabriel Rossetti.