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Paris by night. The pleasures of the capital, its underbelly, its secret gardens. By the author of Libertinage, of the Bible stripped of its lengths of the Mauvais Plaisant, etc. Berlin, (1923). In-12 : red long-grained jansenist morocco, smooth spine, untrimmed, gilt head, cover preserved (period binding). First edition; it is dedicated to Robert Desnos. Autograph justification signed on the verso of the title: 200 copies of this work have been printed, 50 of which are off-market. L.A. Copper-engraved frontispiece showing an owl, printed on strong wove paper. Anonymous engraving of great rarity. According to Maurice Bazy, this image representing an owl was a tribute to Nicolas-Edme Restif de La Bretonne (1734-1806), the author of the Nuits de Paris, nicknamed "the Owl" or "the Night Spectator" because of his nocturnal wanderings in the Capital. The book has been printed on a very fragile paper: two tears have been skilfully restored
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