Contes moraux - Marmontel - 1765

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M. Marmontel de l'académie française.

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3 volumes in-12 (, XVI pp., 1 f. not. ch., 345 pp .; 2 ff. not. ch., 376 pp .; 2 ff. not. ch., 312 pp.,

Marbled calfskin, smooth decorated and gilded back, title pieces in red morocco, marbled edges, (binding from the period). Trace of wetting on the frontispiece.

"Gravelot's figures are among the prettiest that this master has produced" (Cohen).

Portrait of the author engraved by Saint-Aubin on the front door of the first volume, after a drawing by Cochin. With 23 clear engravings out of text, by Pasquier, Le Mire, Baquoy, Le Veau, de Longueil, Legrand, Rousseau, etc. Decorative cartridges.

In the volumes:

Flight. I: : "Alcibiades ; Soliman II ; Le Scrupule ou L'amour mécontent de lui-même ; Les quatre flacons ou Les aventures d'Alcidionis de Mégare ; Lausus & Lydie ; Le Mari Sylphe ; Heureusement ; Les deux infortunées ; Tout ou rien ".

Flight. II: "Le philosophie soi-disant ; La bergère des Alpes ; La mauvaise simple ; La bonne simple; L'Ecole des pères; Annette & Lubin; Les mariages samnites; Laurette; Le connaisseur".

Flight. III: "L'heureux divorce ; Le bon mari; La femme comme il y en a peu; L'Amitié à l'épreuve; Le misanthrope corrige".

Copia de la primera impresión, que destaca según Cohen por la presencia de erratas. Esta edición fue publicada en formato 8 y 12.

Copy of the first print, which stands out according to Cohen by the presence of the errata. This edition was published in both in-8 and in-12 format.

The drawings are "remarkable for their finesse, their spirit and the perfection of their execution" according to Bénézit, who gives Moral Tales among the most sought-after titles. Tales praised by Voltaire. "My dear colleague, your tales are full of wit, finesse and grace, you adorn flowers with reason, you cannot be read without loving the author. Thank you with all my soul for the pleasant moments that you made me spend "wrote Voltaire to the author in March 1865.

First edition, the first illustrated, of a good collection of writings by the French scientist Jean-François Marmontel (Bort-les-Orgues, 1723-1799) who collaborated with Diderot and d'Alembert in writing the Encyclopedia.

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