Paris : Germer Baillière, 1866.
Description : [1 l.] pl. (fold.), -159 p. ; ill.: 1 phot., tbls. ; 18 cm.
Photograph : panoramic view of Cannes, mounted on folding leaf, with caption.
Subject : Lungs – Diseases ; effects of climate.
Several formats were put into print for this popular book on the salubrious effects of the Cannes climate. The deluxe first edition came with a folding panoramic view of the seaside resort, but cheaper editions were illustrated with a folding engraved plate. The second augmented French edition came with two separate photographic views, while the French and German second editions–that I have seen–only have one view, shown here. Valcourt was an inveterate promoter of his adopted town at a time when many world class health resorts all competed for the lungs and wallets of well-to-do phthisics. He famously treated Guy de Maupassant after his suicide attempt in 1891.