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Aulnoy, Countess Marie-Catherine
Memoirs of the Court of England. In Two Parts..
London: Printed and Sold by B. Bragg, 1707. First English language edition. Contemporary paneled calf. Front joint cracked and rear starting but both sound. Small chip to foot of spine. In all, pleasing, tight, and square. Contemporary ownership signature to front endpaper. Internally clean and unmarked. A wide-margined copy measuring approximately 120 x 190mm and collating with the irregular but complete pagination called for on ESTC: [8], 64, 81-208, 207-220, [2], 353-616. A scarce work that has appeared only twice at auction (in 2008 and 1970), ESTC records only 18 copies at libraries in the US. The present is the only one on the market. "In the fourteen years from 1690 to 1703, Marie Catherine Jumelle de Barneville, Mme d'Aulnoy, wrote ten works that were translated into English and came to occupy an important place in the history of French-English prose in the formative years that saw the rise of the modern novel" (Palmer). Among these were Memoirs of the Court of England, a pseudo-autobiographical travel account, one of the first of her works translated into English, and the very first to bear her name on the title page. From this she gained remarkable popularity, and scholars now view the publication and sales of her Memoirs as "an important index to translating practices and reading tastes in the years just before Richardson and the great mid-century novelists of England" (Palmer). Aulnoy proved adept at reading the book-buying market. "She first made her mark as an author of memoirs written in the first person and set in her own time. She and her translators g … [Click Below for Full Description]
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