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Droll Stories, Honoré de Balzac, 19th Century Antique Book

Droll Stories, Honoré de Balzac, 19th Century Antique Book


This beautiful, antique book, written by Honoré de Balzac, is was published in January, 1874 as part of the "first English version ever brought before the public" according to the translators preface. The cover is a beautiful, textured, brown leather, possibly alligator or faux alligator and the title is centered on the front in dainty gold lettering in addition to the gold detailing on the binding. Other than the date given in the translators preface and the original date of publication in French by Balzac - 1837 - no other dates are given.

A name is written in blue pen inside the front cover and appears to say C. Boyd Miller.

There is some damage to the binding. No pages are completely loose but a few are close to coming out completely. It does have that "old book smell" but does not appear to have any water damage. Please reference photos and feel free to ask questions.

Book size: 7 1/2" X 5 1/2" X 1 3/8"

The title page says:

Droll Stories

Complete in One Volume

by Honoré de Balzac

Walter J. Black Inc.

171 Madison Avenue

New York, N.Y.

Printed in the United States of America


Translator's Preface



The Fair Imperia

The Venial Sin

-How the goodman Bruyn took a wife

-How the Seneschal struggled with his wife's modesty

-That which is only a venial sin

-How and by whom the said child was procured

-How the said love-sin was repented of and led to great mourning

The King's Sweetheart

The DEvil's Heir

The Merry Jests of King Louis the Eleventh

The High Constable's Wife

The Maid of Thilouse

The Brother-In-Arms

The Vicar of Azay-le-Rideau

The Reproach




The Three Clerks of St. Nicholas

The Continence of King Francis the First

The Merry Tattle of the Nuns of Poissy

How the Chateau d'azar Came To Be Built

The False Courtesan

The Danger of Being Too Innocent

The Dear Night of Love

The Sermon of the Merry Vicar of Meudon

The Succubus


I. What the Succubus was

II. The Proceedings taken relative to this female vampire

III.What the Succubus did to suck out the soul of the old Judge, and what came of the diabolical delectation

IV. How the Moorish woman of the Rue Chaude twisted about so briskly, that with great difficulty was she burned and cooked alive, to the great loss of the infernal regions

Despair in Love




Perseverance in Love

Concerning a Provost Who Did Not Recognize Things

About the Monk Amador, Who Was a Glorious Abbot of Turpenay

Bertha the Penitent

I. How Bertha remained a Maiden in the Married State

II. How Bertha behaved, knowing the Business of Love

III. Horrible chastisement of Bertha and expiation of the same, who died pardoned

How the Pretty Maid of Portillon Convinced Her Judge

In Which It Is Demonstrated That Fortune is Always Feminine

Concerning a Poor Man Who Was Called Le Vieux par-Chemins

Odd Sayings of Three Pilgrims


The Fair Imperia Married

I. How Madame Imperia was caught in the very net she was accustomed to spread for her love-birds

II. How this Marriage ended


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