- Oxford: The Inky Parrot Press, 1985.
- small 4to.
- patterned paper-covered boards, slipcase
- (x), 141+(1) pages
- ISBN: 0948415010
Price: $275.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 79477
Printed in an edition limited to 360 numbered copies. Translated by Richard Aldington. Signed by the illustrator, Wilton Priestner. Profusely illustrated with slightly disturbing, almost surreal line drawings that push the satirical tone of the story itself to a new level. The modern, edgy drawings are evidence of the relevancy and adaptability of the work of the eighteenth-century French writer, Voltaire. The imagery does not exactly match up with the moment of the story it illustrates, but rather offers a highly interpretive version of the events as told by Voltaire. For example, whereas the text reads "...she observed Doctor Pangloss in the bushes, giving a lesson in experimental physics to her mother's waiting maid, a very pretty and docile brunette," the illustration shows a couple copulating in the garden. Paper covered boards and the slipcase also with drawings by Priestner. With shoulder notes.