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Florian, Jean-Pierre Claris de; Samuel Maxey, transl.; James Mitan, illus. Estelle, a pastoral romance. London: Pr. by C. Whittingham for T. Boosey et al., 1803. 8vo (16.8 cm, 6.6"). xxiv, 181, [3 (2 adv.)] pp.; 7 plts. $165.00
Uncommon first edition of this English translation of Estelle et Némorin, a popular romance set in scenic Occitania. Originally published in French in 1787 and in English in 1798, the work appears here in a new English version by Maxey, featuring a preliminary "Essay on Pastoral Poetry," a final section of notes on Occitan history, and verse renderings of Florian's songs throughout. => The text is embellished with seven charming plates engraved by James Mitan.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC C2059. Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed in narrow gilt roll, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-stamped sunburst compartment decorations; leather expectably acid-pitted, extremities rubbed, joints cracked (sewing holding but tender). Pages age-toned; intermittent foxing, including to two plates; one plate with offsetting from surrounding text pages. => A delightful Whittingham production of this beloved pastoral. (41050) Please RESHELVE This.
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