77/1455 [Kieffer, R.]. Poe, E.A. Le Roi Peste. Paris, Editions René Kieffer, 1925, 5 versions in 2 vols.: VOL.I: 3 parts in 1 vol.: I. (80)p./ (77) lvs., calligraphy and num. handcol. (full-p.) ills. by J. HAMMAN, printed on Japon, orig. col. lithogr. frontwr. bound with, one of 50 copies with an uncoloured suite of the entire contents printed on normal paper; II and III. (35); (37) lvs., two proofs for handcolouring on thick paper: first version a definitive proof with the amended colours; second version a proof w. num. annots. concerning colours. Bound by RENÉ KIEFFER in full brown morocco binding with giltlettered title and col. and gilt onlay morocco of a plumed crowned skull on both covers, and with giltlettered spine w. abstract col. mor. onlay, gilt turn-ins signed "René Kieffer" , t.e.g., sm. 4to. VOL. II: 2 parts in 1 vol.: IV.,76) lvs., orig. manuscript in pen and black ink, orig. handcol. lithogr. frontwr.; V. (77) lvs., first reduced size printed version after the orig. manuscript, all lvs mounted, uniformly bound with the first vol. but in larger brown morocco binding by R. KIEFFER with identical gilt decoration on both covers and spine, t.e.g., 4to.
- Two duplicate pages included twice in part III and intentionally pasted together (with lower outer blank corner cut off). Both vols. sl. worn along joints. One slipcase (of 4to vol.) paper sl. worn at base. Otherwise fine.
= UNIQUE DELUXE COPY with colophon in the first volume filled out in manuscript in pen and ink by the binder/ publisher and reading as follows: "Réservé à l'exemplaire contenant les originaux à la plume et les corrections de colours. [SIGNED:] René Kieffer". Monod 9182. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XLI.