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Rolla, by Alfred de Musset, illustrated by Lobel-Riche. 1942. One of 65 copies on "Velin d’Arches" paper. In 1833, de Musset met the French writer George Sand. Following a trip to Venice, the intense love affair ended. Musset returned to Paris sick and depressed. During this period, Musset’s work reflects his own crisis, as well as the spiritual one of this era. He implies that knowledge can lead to doubt, decadence and ultimately, untimely death in a wretched world from which any uplifting meaning has been exhausted. Lobel-Riche’s illustrations convey this mood perfectly. The book was bound by Charles Lanoe.

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