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1895 Daudet's Tartarin of Tarascon : Art Nouveau Gilt Binding : Fine Binding

1895 Daudet's Tartarin of Tarascon : Art Nouveau Gilt Binding : Fine Binding

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Tartarin of Tarascon

By Alphonse Daudet

Beautiful Art Nouveau Publisher’s Binding ~ Illustrated

Published; New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1895. Printed by the University Press, John Wilson & Son, Cambridge, U.S.A. 8vo (Measures 6.8 x 4.6 inches.), original publisher’s binding in burgundy cloth with ornate gilt stamping. Frontispiece with a tissue guard. Numerous part-page illustrations throughout. 240 pages. Lovely vintage bookplate of the historian and author Franklin Henry Chase (1864-1940, Syracuse, New York) to the front pastedown endpaper.

This binding inspired the design of Richard Minsky’s book American Decorated Publishers' Bindings, 1872-1929. (See last image provided).

Very Good. The covers are clean, bright, and solid with a tad rubbing to the corners, slight darkening to the spine, and minor fading and spotting to the back. The textblock is solid and square and the pages are generally very clean and bright. Foxing to the front free endpaper and title page. Lovely old bookplate (Franklin H. Chase) to the front pastedown endpaper. No writing or marking.


Tartarin of Tarascon (French: Tartarin de Tarascon) is an 1872 novel written by the French author Alphonse Daudet.

The Provençal town of Tarascon is so enthusiastic about hunting that no game lives anywhere near it, and its inhabitants resort to telling hunting stories and throwing their own caps in the air to shoot at them. Tartarin, a plump middle-aged man, is the chief "cap-hunter", but following his enthusiastic reaction to seeing an Atlas lion in a travelling menagerie, the over-imaginative town understands him to be planning a hunting expedition to Algeria.

So as not to lose face, Tartarin is forced to go, after gathering an absurd mass of equipment and weapons. On the boat from Marseille to Algiers, he hooks up with a conman posing as a Montenegrin prince who takes advantage of him in multiple ways. Tartarin's gullibility causes him a number of misadventures until he returns home penniless but covered in glory after shooting a tame, blind lion.

A sequel Tartarin sur les Alpes appeared in 1885, followed by Port-Tarascon in 1890.
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