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Five Love-Letters from a Nun to a Cavalier - GUILLERAGUES, Gabriel Joseph de LAV - 1686. 
London: for R. Bentley - London: for H. Brome, 1686/1681 - THIRD EDITION & FIRST EDITION. 2 vols. bound in one, 5" x 2-5/8", (iv)112pp & (iii)78pp., complete, lower 1/3 of licensed leaf clipped. Bound in fine contemporary full speckled calf, covers ruled in blind, lacking blank endleafs and front pastedown, newspaper article from 1928 attached to rear pastedown, hinges fine, head and foot of spine fine, binding in remarkable condition, internally clean and bright, overall in VERY GOOD condition. Wing A891 & A893 The letters claim to be from a seduced Portuguese nun abandoned by her lover . According to Henriot, the influence of these letters cannot be exaggerated, since they are the origin of the epistolary novel. L'Estrange's version "Five love letters of a nun to a cavalier" was first published in 1678 (Wing A889) and is recorded in only six copies. Later 17th century editions of this title are all extremely rare surviving in only but a few copies. We can only locate 1 copy of the first title - The British Library and 3 copies of the second title - The British Library, Univ. of CA, & The Huntington. We also locate NO copy of any 17th C. editions of either title selling at auction. Only in the 1960's was Guilleragues positively identified as the author of "Lettres Portugaises", which were first published in 1669. The identification was the work of F. Deloffre and F. Rougeot. Born in Bordeaux and educated in Paris in 1660, Guilleragues was a portage of the prince de Conti. Made President of the Cours des Aides, in Bordeaux, he quickly sold his office to pay debts and in 1667 returned to Paris to the court of Louis XIV. His circle of friends included Racine, Boileau, La Rochefoucauld, Madame de Sevigne as well as Madame de Maintenon through whose good offices he became ambassador to Constantinople in 1677, where he died in 1685. The work was hugely popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. There is a modern scholarly edition of the work and also a Whittington Press edition illustrated by Richard Kennedy (1986). Below is a list of all the 17th C. printings. 1678: Five love-letters from a nun to a cavalier 1680: Five love-letters from a nun to a cavalier 1681: Seven Portuguese letters 1686: Five love-letters from a nun to a cavalier 1693: Five love-letters from a nun to a cavalier 1693: Seven love-letters from a nun to a cavalier [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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