La muse libertine (The Libertine Muse) was the first commission to harness Albert Dubout’s erotic fantasy to the full, and the selection of French libertine poetry from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century made by its editor clearly inspired his creative imagination.

We have only included around half of the illustrations here; the ones not included are less interesting and mostly show Dubout’s skill in matching image to verse rather than demonstrating the graphic erotic wit which became the trademark of his later work.

La muse libertine was published by Éditions du Valois in a limited numbered edition of 4,569 copies, of which 500 included an extra suite of the illustrations in black and white.