- Category = Fine French Set
Les Adventures de Gil Blas de Santillane.
Amsterdam: Uytwerf, 1733. 4 volume set, 5 inches tall. Full French 18th century tree calf with gilt bands, twin labels and delightful gilt centre tools. A gilt fillet frames the boards. Full page engraved plates. Some binder's trimming of the text block resulting to small loss at the margins. A lovely little set in the original French.
Le Spectacteur Francois, Pour Servir De Suite A Celui De M. De Marivaux.
Paris: Chez La V Duchesne et al, 1770. 3 vol set, 6.5 inches tall. A most attractive 18th century quarter binding with gilt raised bands, calf and inked labels, fine floral gilt tooling to the panels.
Dictionnaire portative et de prononciation, Espagnol-Francais et Francais-Espagnol, a l’usage des deux nations…
Lyon: B. Cormon et Blanc, Reymann, An VIII, 1800. 2 vols., 8vo (8.25 x 5.25 inches). Superb contemporary full tree calf, twin red and green labels, very pretty tooling to spine and framing boards, marbled edges and endpapers. Slightly rubbed. Signed by the author in black ink to verso of half-title. An excellent binding.
La Vie de Marianne, ou les Avantures de Madame la Comtesse de ***.
London: (a Londres), 1788. 4 volume set, 5 inches tall. A most attractive set in 18th century quarter calf with gilt bands, twin labels and simple gilt centre tools to the panels. Bumped tips of the boards.
Les Épreuves de Marguerite Lyndsay. (The Trials of Margaret Lyndsay)
Paris: (vols. 1& 2 H. Fournier; vols. 3 & 4 Firmin Didot for) Ambroise Dupont et Roret, Urbain Canel, 1825. 4 volume set, 7 inches tall. Quarter calf with twin labels and gilt centre tools. Second French edition of The Trials of Margaret Lyndsay (1823), the first French edition being 1823 (both editions very rare). Issued anonymously in English, the novel was is attributed by its French editors to Scots poet Allan Cunningham and presented with a biographical preface. It is in fact by fellow Scot John Wilson, better known as the pre-eminent contributors (with Blackwood and Hogg) to Blackwood’s Magazine (he is credited with over 500 contributions between 1817 and 1854). OCLC lists 2 copies only of each French edition: 1823 (Bn and University of Lille); 1825 (NLS and Lyon)
Waverley, l’Écosse il y a soixante Ans.
Paris: (Cosson for) Charles Gosselin and Ladvocat, 1821. 4 volume set, 7 inches tall. Quarter calf with twin labels and gilt centre tools.Waverley first appeared in French in 1818, before Scott attained celebrity in France and therefore now very rare. This reprint is for the first of Gosselin’s collected Oeuvres complètes.More details Price: £150.00
Le Diable Boiteux
Paris: Ledoux et Tenre, 1817. 2 volume set, 5.5 inches tall. Charming quarter speckled calf with treecalfed paper on the boards cleverly imitating calf. Twin labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels. A pretty little set.More details Price: £100.00