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Le Roman de la Momie

Théophile Gautier

This is the eighth of 11 novels in the Collection Nelson with a dust jacket designed by Blampied. The design was commissioned in a letter from Edwin Jack dated 13th May 1920:

. . . I am sending you Le Roman de la Momie by Theophile Gautier. I am also sending you with it three suggestions for subjects. I myself think that either 1 or 3 would probably make the best drawing. Either of them I think should furnish a very charming design for the wrapper. I think you should try and get as much colour into the wrapper as possible. They tell much better on a bookstall and then print better.

Théophile Gautier (English) (French) (1811-1872) was a French journalist, poet, dramatist and novelist. Le Roman de la Momie was first published by Hachette in Paris in 1858. It was translated as The Romance of the Mummy in 1886.

First edition thus

Bibliography code: NED-20.3

Publisher: Nelson Editeurs, Paris

Series: Collection Nelson 170

Year: [1920]

Format: 16 mo

Pages: pp 281

Binding: cream cloth decorated in green and purple design with author and title in green in roundel on cover; title, author and decoration in green and purple with N in middle, and publisher in green at base

Size: 160 x 110 mm

Dust jacket signed: Blam, lower centre

Internal illustrations: none

Price: Original price not known; copy seen with price of 4 francs 50c seen; copy with price of 2 shillings 6d illustrated below

Printing history: editions dated 1931 and 1939 are known

Printed by: Imprimerie Nelson, Édimbourg, Écosse

Image of front panel and spine of dust jacket

Front panel and spine of dust jacket of later edition (click to enlarge)

Image of dust jacket

Image of dust jacket of impression sold in the U.K. (click to enlarge)