Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1927. First U.S. edition and first in English. Originally published in France in 1926. Number 384 of 650 copies on French hand-made paper with typography by Douglas C. McMurtrie. Written by de Sade while incarcerated at Chateau de Vincennes in 1782. One of his earliest known works to be dated with any certainty. (Wikipedia). "From as unpublished manuscript edited, with an introduction and notes by Maurice Heine. Translated by Samuel Putnam. The work expresses the author's atheism by having a dying man (a libertine) tell a priest about what he views as the mistakes of a pious life." Cloth on corners rubbed through and small frayed line, about a quarter inch, on top front edge of spine hinge. Offset to rear endpaper (2 x 2") from August 1927 review affixed to pastedown. Provenance: Bookplate of Rabbi H. Cerf Straus who established the Southern Israelite as a temple bulletin in Augusta in 1925--a publication that proved so popular it was expanded to a monthly newspaper. Attractive copy in at least very good condition, lacking dust jacket.