- Category = Fine French Set
Commentaire Sur La Henriade.
Berlin: Et se trouve a Paris, 1775. 2 vol set, 8 inches tall. With double label, gilt bands and fine floral tooling to the panels. Pink edges and extraordinary paper boards. Slight worming to the lower board of volumee 1. Fine engraved title page.With the bookplate of the Chateau de Cirey in each volume.
Reflexions critiques sur la poesie et sur la peinture. IVme édition revue, corrigée & augmentée.
Paris: Chez Pierre-Jean Mariette, 1741. 3 volume set, 6.75 inches tall. A very fine full mottled calf with raised bands, twin morocco labels and delicate gilt floral tooling to the panels. Pink edges. Woodcut ornaments. A splendid set in excellent condition.
Le Virgile Travesty.
Amsterdam: R. & G. Wetstein, 1712. 2 volume set, 5.25 inches tall. A superb little set in an early 18th century half calf with raised bands, twin labels and gilt floral centre tools. Pink edges. The work is in 12 parts, each having an engraved plate, some with slightly frayed fore edges. There is an extremely faint trace of an owner's stamp on the title page. This great parody of the Aeneid was written by the extraordinary Paul Scarron, first husband of Madame Maintenon, future wife of Louis XIV.
Histoire des Revolutions de Suede
Paris: Belin, 1794. 3 volume set, 6.5 inches tall. Full mottled calf with raised bands, twin labels and gilt filets. Slight worming affecting the first few leaves in the bottom corner of volume one, otherwise a fine copy in a completely pristine binding.More details Price: £220.00
Mémoires Historiques et Politiques du règne de Louis XVI, depuis son mariage jusqu’a sa mort.
Paris: Truttel et Würtz, 1801. 2 volumes, 8.25 inches tall. A beautiful tree calf with gilt bands and labels. Blue speckled edges. Folding portraits. The armorial bookplate of Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo. A further 6 volumes were published.More details Price: £220.00
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