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[Lévesque, Louise Cavelier]. Le prince des aigues marines et Le prince invisible. Contes. Paris: Coustelier, 1744. 12mo (15.2 cm, 6"). , 106, , –190 pp.; 5 plts. $875.00
Two fairy tales from Lévesque (1703–45), a well-educated and enthusiastic femme de lettres. The main title-page is printed in red and black, with an engraved publisher's vignette, and the first story opens with another vignette of romping cherubs, while the second story has its own half-title and headpiece vignette. The => five plates, delightfully stylish in high 18th-century French fashion, were engraved by Claude Duflos after Charles-Nicolas Cochin (fils).
This is an early edition; Le Prince des aigues marines was originally published in 1722 and at least one printing of both fairy tales together appeared in Amsterdam in 1735. The front fly-leaf bears an early inked annotation regarding the publication history, calling this the second edition.
The volume is uncommon: WorldCat locates only eight U.S. institutional holdings.
Cohen & de Ricci 643–44; Barbier, III, 1022; Sander 1212; Gumuchian, Livres de l'enfance (1931), 3775. Contemporary mottled calf, spine with two gilt-stamped leather title-labels, raised bands, and gilt-stamped pomegranate motifs in compartments; spine and edges rubbed, joints partially refurbished. French-swirl marbled endpapers, all page edges marbled, original silk bookmark still attached and present. Pages gently age-toned with a very few spots of light staining. => An uncommon and appealing volume. (37214) Please RESHELVE This.
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