In 1927 The Bennett Libraries commissioned Clara Tice to illustrate a limited de luxe edition of Voltaire’s famous satire Candide, in the original English translation of 1703. Clara clearly enjoyed choosing the scenes from this epic work to illustrate, including Zirza and the tiger as a frontispiece, and the woman who tells Cunégonde how she had a buttock cut off in order to feed some starving men.

As with most of these limited editions, the binding was high quality, including three of Clara’s trademark nudes gold-blocked on the spine and front board. Of the 1,000 copies printed, the plates in the more expensive 350 were coloured by hand.