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Le LibÃ©rateur HelvÃ©tique - GIRARDET, Abraham-Louis (1772-1820), artist - 1797. 
NeuchÃ¢tel: chez les FrÃ¨res Girardet, 1797. Oblong 4to (145 x 195 mm). 24 pp. Six engraved plates by and after A.-L. Girardet. Some minor marginal soiling or spotting. Contemporary pastepaper boards (worn and soiled). ***A rare account of the life and bravery of William Tell, for older children, illustrated with dramatic engravings by a scion of the Swiss engraving and publishing family, who also published the edition. The anonymous author presents the legend as factual; in the final pages he lists historical facts that support this view.Abraham-Louis Girardet, often confused with his elder brother, also named Abraham, was a miniaturist and engraver who worked in Paris, Germany and the Low Countries as well as his native Switzerland. In later life he succumbed to mental illness, and died in an asylum. OCLC lists 3 copies in Switzerland. Cf. Thieme-Becker 14:164.
[Bookseller: Musinsky Rare Books, Inc.]
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