Rare Books Candide or Optimism by Francois Marie Arouet De Voltaire Nonesuch Press London 1939 French Literature Book Gifts for Readers

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This is a very good hardcover with accompanying slipcase. 1939 Nonesuch Press London. This edition is very clean inside and out. The pages are clean with no markings seen. The binding is tight and straight. Hardcover boards feature designed front and back and are also very good with only a hint of shelf wear. The accompanying slipcase is very good and solid with only light shelf wear. Super octavo book size or 7" x 11" 147 pages.

Candide or Optimism is a French satire by Voltaire. This edition is illustrated with 20 color illustrations by Sylvain Sauvage. It was translated by Richard Aldington with an intro by Paul Morand. This edition was composed in Monotype Cochin at the Fanfare Press London. the paper was specially made at the Rives Mills and illustrations reproduced by G. Duval and the Imprimerie Beaufaméb Paris.
The novel parodies adventure and romance and the accompanying struggles. Voltaire also humorously satires religion, theologians, and governments.
Initially, Voltaire did not take credit for writing Candide, he did so eventually. The work was denounced and banned but later achieved literary acclaim.

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