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[Lubert, Marguerite de]. La princesse Sensible et le prince Typhon, conte. La Haye [i.e., Paris]: , 1743. 12mo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). 119,  pp. $750.00
First edition of this charming fairy tale from a French author and salonnière much celebrated in her day and described by Voltaire as his "muse and grace." Lubert (1702–85) — whose name is sometimes given as Marie-Madeleine, or simply as Mlle. de Lubert — here tells the story of two fairies, Prudalie and Champêtre, challenged to rear (respectively) a human princess and prince destined one day to be united. This first edition is uncommon: WorldCat locates => only three U.S. institutional holdings of this false imprint.
Provenance: The title-page bears "Ex libris Romanet" inked in an early hand.
Barbier, III, 1026; Jones 82; Cioranescu 40953. Contemporary mottled calf framed in single blind fillet, sympathetically rebacked with gilt-stamped red leather title-label, raised bands blind-ruled, and blind-stamped floral motifs in compartments; binding moderately but not unappealingly worn overall, boards slightly sprung, joints and extremities refurbished, front hinge (inside) cracked but holding. Title-page inscription as above. First three leaves with waterstaining in upper outer margin and resulting small loss to edge of title-page, central signatures with waterstaining at inner margins and three leaves there repaired, other pages with scattered light stains and smudges, one leaf with short tear from outer margin not extending into text., and faults not nearly so distressing as that recital suggests they might be. => A solid, very readable first edition from an author deserving of scholarly attention. (37211) Please RESHELVE This.
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