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Caroline de Lichtfield. Par Madame de ***, Publié par le Traducteur de Werther [Jacques Georges Deyverdun] Two Volumes


Later Buisson edition. Two volumes. 12mo, pp. [292]; [252], with half-titles; in this edition the title-page vignettes show a drumming cherub and a blindfolded cherub drawing his bow. Plain modern paper wraps, the rear of volume I and volume II have early pulp paper covers beneath, edges untrimmed. Wrappers a little creased, dog-eared, toned, a little shaken. Volume I only: front blank grubby, pencil notes, POI in ink: “Siena Octbre 18./ 1818,” closed tears to leaves G3 (4.5cm) and H4 (5.5cm), staining to the margins at the rear. Volume II only: some foxing to front and rear, scattered grubbiness, tear and small loss to bottom margin of leaf H8 (2.3cm). Good. A robust copy of a later Buisson edition of Montolieu’s sentimental bestseller. ESTC lists eight editions of the French text published under British and Irish imprints (dated 1786 or 1787), most of which are likely to have been printed in Paris (as is probable with this later edition, which is unlisted), and including an English piracy.