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LA SOLLE, Henri Francois, Marquis de (d. 1761).
Amusemens des eaux de Passy. par M. Lasolle, Auteur des Mémoires de Versorand. Tome Premier [-Troisième].
A Paris: Chez Poinçot, Libraire, rue de la Harpe, près Saint-Côme, no. 135. M.DCC.LXXXVII, 1787. First Edition. Three volumes, 12mo, (178 x 110 mm), pp. [xx], 368 (final leaves misbound), [4] contents, approbation & privilege, 4 advertisements; [iv], 514; [iv]; 423; advertisements printed on verso of half-title of volume one, uncut throughout, A lovely copy of La Solle's loosely entwined collection of short stories. A fairly traditional construct, La Solle's 'novel' features three friends, one of whom is sent there for his health, rent a house at Passy and occupy themselves by telling each other stories. There is, however, a particular piquancy in the juxtaposition of the three characters: the narrator, the patient and the patient's wife. The patient, Monsieur Dursilly, is a distinguished soldier of fifty-two who has been sent to Passy becaue of health problems caused by thirty-five years of soldiering and six months of marriage. His wife is young and pretty. The narrator is invited to Passy by the husband and persuaded to go by the wife. 'Je connoissois tous mes torts. J'avois vu les défauts de Madame Dursilly en même tems que sa beauté. Je voulois en faire ma maitresse, & non pas mon amie' (p. 77). The first tale to be narrated is found in a heap of papers by the roadside and picked up by the narrator. It is a Conte Moral, with the legend: 'Quand on a perdu sans ressource l'objet d'une passion heureuse & constante, il ne faut plus prétendre aux vrais plaisirs ni au bonheur', (I, 9-73). Other stories follow, some narrated by the many new acquaintances made in Passy, some b … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Amanda Hall Rare Books [United Kingdom]

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