Droll Stories collected from the Abbeys of Touraine - Translated into English, Complete and Unabridged. -
Honore de Balzac. Gustave Doré
1874 - John Camden Hotten, London - First Edition in English
Illustrated with 425 engraved plates and vignettes by Gustave Doré.
The first English translation of this ‘collection of short stories by Honoré de Balzac, published in three sets of 10 stories each, in 1832, 1833, and 1837, as Contes drolatiques.
Rabelaisian in theme, the stories are written with great vitality in a pastiche of 16th-century language. The tales are fully as lively as the author’s masterful Comédie humaine series, but they stand apart for their good-humoured licentiousness and historical wordplay.’ [Encyclopedia Britannica]