Book Description

4 volumes bound in 2 (Contes) 12mo, pp 1-22, 25-413, [3], A-R12, S10, [S10 blank], engraved frontispiece and a half-page engraving to each of the 9 tales, with 3pp of adverts for Music at the end, pp 23-24 and a title-page to volune 2 not issued ( conforming to the 1708 edition), old calf stoutly rebacked, sound. (Nouveaux Contes) 12mo, eng. front. t-p, 244pp, 5 enravings in text + eng. front. t-p, 210pp, 5 engravings in text, cont. calf, gilt spine joints a little rubbed, sound.
Dealer Notes
A “harlequin” set. The present Contes, first published in 1698, is a rare edition, recorded by OCLC 68849026 in 4 copies only, all located in The Netherlands. The Nouveaux Contes, which contains the stories from vols 3 & 4 of the original edition is also very rare with OCLC 1196227504, 25777789 & 844271310 locating a total of 5 copies

Madame d’Aulnoy’s Contes des Fees was first published in 1698. It has gone through innumerable editions in a large variety of language and is still in print today. By reason of their audience, all early editions are rare. Gumuchian’s monumental catalogue “Les Livres d’Enfance” offered no less than seven copies of various editions, but none earlier than 1760.
OCLC 68849026, 1196227504, 25777789 & 844271310 Neither title in Library Hub.
Author [AULNOY, Marie Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Comtesse d’ (1650-1705)]
Publisher Amsterdam : Aux depens de M[ichel] Charles Le Cene Libraire, chez qui l’on trouve un assortiment general de Musique. 1726 and The Hague: Chez M. Uytwerf 17

Price: £4000.00

Offered by H M Fletcher

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