First edition, covered with a half-morocco binding with ribbed spine decorated with the title and a gilt fleuron and original covers preserved.
"Logic leads to everything, provided you get out of it", says a wise man...
The thirty stories collected in this collection will not prove him wrong! Why did a land department like Eure have a first-class maritime lighthouse? Is it better to marry an ugly young girl rather than her lovely mother? How to make a fortune by sowing flowers in a field? Why did Alphonse Allais never enter the government? And Pète-Sec, Puyraleux, Desmachins or Baron Lagourde? Serious setbacks await them! So many excuses to laugh at the madness of a decidedly too serious world!
Alphonse Allais is a French journalist, writer and humorist born October 20, 1854 in Honfleur (Calvados) and died October 28, 1905 in Paris. Famous during the Belle Époque, recognized for his acerbic pen and his absurd humor, he is particularly renowned for his puns and his holorimes. He is sometimes considered one of the greatest French storytellers.
Fairly well-preserved copy: solid hinge, pages slightly yellowed and without foxing. Missing on page 157-158.
Alphonse Allais, with a preface by Maurice Donnay
"At the eye"
Paris, Ernest Flammarion, undated 
260 pages. Complete