Paris: Librairie de la Revue Indépendante, 1887.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Copy #89 of 420 numbered copies of the first edition. Three-quarter leather and marbled boards, with original wrappers bound in. Top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Light rubbing to edges, tissue guard over frontis portrait detached and laid in. Binding sound, text clean. The New York Times review of a later English edition comments that :"Mallarme defined the author of these ‘Moral Tales’ as the Voltaire of Symbolism - a demystifier of the cultural bric-a-brac of the bourgeoisie, a dandyish demolition expert specializing in disenchantment. According to Ezra Pound (who translated one of these stories in 1918), Laforgue had delivered the coup de grace to the facile exoticism (and eroticism) of the 19th-century historical novel; in clearing out the residual rubbish of romanticism, he had prepared the way for modernist prose."