Justine (1797)

Justine was an early work by the Marquis de Sade, written in two weeks in 1787 while imprisoned in the Bastille. It is a novella (187 pages) with relatively little of the obscenity that characterized his later writing, as it was written in the classical style (which was fashionable at the time), with much verbose and metaphorical description.

A much extended and more graphic version, entitled Justine ou Les Malheurs de la vertu (1791) (English title: Justine, or The Misfortunes of the Virtue or simply Justine), was the first of de Sade’s books published. A further extended version, La Nouvelle Justine ou Les Malheurs de la vertu (The New Justine), was published in the Netherlands in 1797.
This final version, La Nouvelle Justine, departed from the first-person narrative of the previous two versions, and included around 100 engravings (!)
I have a few that are free to view for all visitors.

Whenever I can find the time I am trying to work out all the different versions with art being published, and add the book to Illustrated Books.


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