Count D’Orgel Opens the Ball by Raymond Radiguet
Radiguet, Raymond. Count D’Orgel Opens the Ball. First English Edition Thus. 1952. Book is in very good minus condition; dust jacket is in good plus condition—jacket shows edge tears and a small chip to the upper spine. Preface by Jean Cocteau. Translation by Violet Schiff. Jacket illustration by Ru van Rossem.
This was one of two novels written by Radiguet before his death at the age of twenty from typhoid fever, and it was published posthumously. Like The Princess of Cleves to which it has been compared, the book is set in decadent French society, with the plot revolving around a chaste love affair. This was the second English language translation—the first was by Malcolm Cowley in 1924 and titled The Count’s Ball.