Contes a Mes Jeunes Amies. Par Madame de M***... Deuxième Edition. Sophie de Maraize.

Contes a Mes Jeunes Amies. Par Madame de M***... Deuxième Edition.

1820. Paris: Chez Belin-Le-Prieur, 1820.

12mo, xii, 264 pp. Six copperplate engravings. Publisher's advertisements (pp. i-vi) included in pagination. Contemporary full mottled calf, gilt rules, backstrip decoratively stamped in gilt, red morocco backstrip label, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers, green ribbon marker. A bit worn at extremities, upper 2" of both joints splitting, but a generally attractive book.

§ Very rare second edition (the first in 1818) of these moralistic tales for young ladies, charmingly illustrated with six copperplate engravings that are not the same as the six engravings found in the first edition. 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 #5853

Price: $795.00

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