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Racine, Jean.  Oeuvres de Jean Racine. Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Didot l'aine, 1784. 8vo in 4s (19 cm, 7.5". 3 vols. I: 463, [1] pp. II: [2] ff., 484 pp. III: [2] ff., 372 pp., [2] ff.

“Cette édition in-8o a été imprimée au nombre de 350 exemplaires, avec les nouveaux caractères de la fonderie de Didot l’aine, sur du papier-vélin de la manufacture de M[ess]rs. Johannot pere et fils, d’Annonaie, premiers fabricants en France de cette sorte de papiers” (vol. III, verso of leaf following p. 372). That is, this is printed on wove paper.
        In the series Collection des auteurs classiques, françois et latins, this was issued in the same year in 4to and 18mo formats. The present, octavo format is not only handsomely conceived but => very "handy in the hands."
        Binding: Full crushed red morocco, gilt spine and boards, signed Petit Succs. de Simier; gilt rule on board edges, gilt rolls on turn-ins, marbled endpapers, green silk placemarkers. All edges gilt. Each volume in a light board open-back slipcase covered with marbled paper.
        Provenance: Bookplates of Casimir L. Stralem, Clarence E. Clark, and Brian Douglas Stilwell, the trio presenting an appealing set of styles.
        WorldCat locates copies of this edition in this format at only four U.S. libraries (UCLA, Georgetown, Library of Congress, Harvard).

Bulletin de la Librairie Morgand et Fatout 10951; Brunet, V, 1078–79; Jammes, Les Didot, 25. Bound as above, joints of all volumes slightly cracking with volumes otherwise only lightly worn; some tape repairs to the delicate slipcases. Age-toning and foxing of faintest varieties only. => Very Good.  (40317)   Please RESHELVE This.

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