1818. Paris: P. Blanchard, 1818.
12mo, viii, 264 pp. Contemporary calf, gilt borders, backstrip decoratively stamped in gilt, backstrip label, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers, yellow ribbon marker. Binding rather rubbed and flaking at crown and foot of backstrip, endpapers toned, pages with occasional spotting, but overall a sound, unsophisticated copy with the ownership inscription and stamp of Joseph Marie Bozzi-Clair dated 1900 on the title page, crossing the text.
§ Very rare first edition of these moralistic tales for young ladies, illustrated with six copperplate engravings. OCLC records only three copies of the first edition and four of the second with only one copy of either edition in the US, being a copy of the second edition at the Newberry. No copies of either edition appear in auction records.
Sophie de Maraize (sometimes Maraise) was a historian, a novelist, and the translator into French of Walter Scott's The Antiquary (L'Antiquaire, Avignon: Pierre Challiot Jeune, 1827). The BNF holds six original works by her, the earliest dated 1811 and including a history of France. Item #124193