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Berquin, Arnaud.

Published by no date [1775], [Paris], 1775
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The first edition of the => first work published by M. Arnaud Berquin (1747?91), this => entirely engraved dialogue between Lamon, Lysis, and "La femme" was issued together with the Pygmalion, sc?ne lyrique, which Berquin translated into verse from the original by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. As in the instance of a copy at Texas A&M University, the Idylle in hand has been separately bound ? in our copy's case finely bound, well highlighting the vignette and tailpiece engraved by Charles-?tienne Gaucher (1740?1804) after Cl?ment Pierre Marillier (1740?1808), and the text engraved in an attractive italic "hand" by Dro?et. The two-part text was not reprinted until 1883, by J. Lemonnyer in an edition of 525 copies. Binding: Fine olive brown morocco gilt, ca. 1910 and very much expressing that era's style. Each board double-ruled in gilt and finely framed with a canopy of elegant gilt garlands, title gilt at center of front cover. Spine gilt extra from top to bottom in a leafy vine pattern. Board edges single-ruled in gilt, turn-ins double-ruled in gilt with a rule of delicate gilt beads between, french combed marbled endpapers in an exceptionally pretty and precise pattern. 4to (26.9 cm, 10.6"). Part 2 only of 2. 8 pp. Cioranescu 11517. Bound as above, second part only of two, separately; binding a little rubbed (only) at joints, edges, and one corner of front cover. Paper chosen for blank endpapers unevenly bleached, in production, to now-spotty but not unpleasant effect; text with a little age-toning at upper edges and some light dust-soiling at deckle edges. => A bibliophile's pleasure. Bookseller Inventory # 32768

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Title: Idylle.

Publisher: no date [1775], [Paris]

Publication Date: 1775

Binding: Hardcover

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