La Femme ou les Six Amours

VO¤ART, [Anne ╔lisabeth] ╔lise (1786-1866)

Published by Ambroise Dupont, Paris, 1828
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Title: La Femme ou les Six Amours

Publisher: Ambroise Dupont, Paris

Publication Date: 1828

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Second Edition.

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Six volumes, 12mo (170 x 96mm). This is the revised and expanded Second Edition embellished with six engraved frontispieces depicting Vol. I: "Espère" (or "Hope" as a praying young woman) for "Amour filial"; Vol. 2: "Ma chère soeur je ne refuserai jamais" (Two embracing women reading book on lectern) for "Amour fraternel"; Vol. 3: "Ne m'oubliez pas" (Lovers in a garden) for "Amour"; Vol. 4: "Prions ensemble" (two women praying together) for "Amitié"; Vol. 5: "Allez objets maudit" (Woman throwing out "cursed" objects) for "Amour conjugal"; Vol. 6: "Elle écoute" (Woman and children fleeing) for "Amour maternel." Contemporary gilt-ruled French calf, marbled endpapers, spines gilt with olive morocco lettering labels and stamped on covers with gilt and crowned monogram "AA" for Augusta Amalia of Bavaria (1788-1851). It seems that Princess Augusta, the Duchess of Leuchtenberg, had been the earliest owner of this fine set of French volumes on the properties of feminine love as the set was certainly bound for her. Her gilt monogram on bindings can be located as "AE" after her marriage to Eugène Beauharnais in 1806. When Eugène died in 1824, the Princess likely took up her own initials and executed her bindings in the same style. The volumes are a sound union with only the expected foxing or fading, good with clear association to Bavarian royalty. Anne Élisabeth Élise Voïart, also known as "Dame Voïart," was a female French author who married well-to-do aristocrat and "Man of Letters" Jacques-Phillippe Voïart and became involved his esteemed literary circles. Surrounded by a new deeply moralized philosophy, Dame Voïart wrote this collection of ethical tales for an audience of young ladies to instruct them in the six forms of sanctified love which she classified as: filial, fraternal, conjugal, maternal, the bond of true friendship and the bond of lovers. Dame Voïart believed educating women in these proper sentiments would bring about the most heroic and virtuous of romances. Placed among a distinguished literary milieu, this work earned her the Prix Montoyon in 1828. By the monogrammed binding made for her, Princess Augusta of Bavaria owned this book after 1828 when her daughter, Augusta Amélie, aged 16, was about to be married to Pedro I of Brazil. This very copy could have served the young princess in schooling her in the noble ways of becoming a good wife and mother. Anne Élisabeth Élise Voïart, also known as "Dame Voïart," was a female French author who married well-to-do aristocrat and "Man of Letters" Jacques-Phillippe Voïart and became involved his esteemed literary circles. Surrounded by a new deeply moralized philosophy, Dame Voïart wrote this collection of ethical tales for an audience of young ladies to instruct them in the six forms of sanctified love which she classified as: filial, fraternal, conjugal, maternal, the bond of true friendship and the bond of lovers. Dame Voïart believed educating women in these proper sentiments would bring about the most heroic and virtuous of romances. Placed among a distinguished literary milieu, this work earned her the Prix Montoyon in 1828. By the monogrammed binding made for her, Princess Augusta of Bavaria owned this book after 1828 when her daughter, Augusta Amélie, aged 16, was about to be married to Pedro I of Brazil. This very copy could have served the young princess in schooling her in the noble ways of becoming a good wife and mother. Bookseller Inventory # SAV108

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