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EYMERY, Alexis (publisher).
Les soirées de la Tante, ou Histoires amusantes à l'usage du premier âge. Par un ami des enfans.
(Blois: d'Aucher-Éloy for) Paris: A. Eymery, Ledentu, Lecointe et Durey, and d'Aucher-Éloy in Blois, 1825. Oblong 12mo (110 x 175 mm). [4], 173, [1] pp. 6 plates of etchings with engraving, unsigned, seven tailpiece vignettes printed from six "polytypages," of which one (the repeat) signed D. (for Duplat). Edges untrimmed, fine. Later half crushed havana morocco, spine gold-tooled in compartments, by Jean Stroobants (stamped signature on front free endpaper), preserving original blue printed wrappers, upper wrapper with title and imprint, lower wrapper with a polytypage of a windmill, both within a white on black grapevine border. Provenance: faded contemporary signature on verso of title, Clemence Pigeaux; bookplate of Victor Mercier (motto Librorum flos illibatus), sale, 26 April - 4 June 1937. Only Edition of a very rare children's book. This fine copy has never grazed juvenile hands.During a fortnight's visit to the perfect bourgeois family, a maiden aunt tells a nightly story to her niece and nephew. Each has a moral lesson, but the tales range in complexity, and some are quite bloody. An old nurse is saved from penury by her now rich former charges. A kind doctor is saved from brigands by his faithful dog; the dog later gets rabies, and reluctant to put him down, the doctor keeps him enclosed; the dog escapes, people die: the doctor's mistake was to love too much. A chilling and still disturbingly relevant tale of a charlatan's prediction which leads to the death of an innocent man cautions against superstition and trust in con-men. Etc. The six lively etchings are ch … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Musinsky Rare Books [USA]

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