The Marquis de Sade’s story of the lovers Léonore and Clémentine is one of the three interwoven tales of his first novel, Aline and Valcour, written in 1795 just before he was imprisoned in the Bastille a few months before the French Revolution. As with all his works, it is remarkable that it survived the chaos of the Revolution, and just like his more famous Justine and Juliette, it was officially banned in 1815 and only republished legitimately in the mid-twentieth century.
It is the beautiful Léonore’s fate to be subject to her father’s malign plans to become the plaything of a rich banker, and to this end she is abducted while on a visit to Venice by the sadistic Clémentine, who has his own ideas about her sexual education. In Aline and Valcour this is just the beginning of her adventures, which include being sold to pirates, almost being eaten by cannibals, and appearing before the Grand Inquisition; nobody can accuse de Sade of limited imagination!
Luc Lafnet produced five detailed engravings for this 1930 edition of Léonore et Clémentine, four of which were also produced as colour versions for the de luxe edition.
Au Cabinet du Livre published Léonore et Clémentine in a limited numbered edition of 745 copies, of which 100 included the colour engravings.