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Les Vies des hommes illustres de Plutarque, Traduits en François, avec des Remarques historiques & critiques, par M. Dacier ... Nouvelle Edition revue & corrigée ...
Paris: Chez Bailly ... : 1778. : 12 vols, 12mo (168 í- 98 mm), complete with half-titles. Woodcut ornaments. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt panelled spines, green morocco labels. Spines rather faded and dry, but a very good set. Ownership inscriptions ?Mde de Simiane? and bookplates of the Chateau de Cirey to each volume. : Dacier?s translation of Plutarch?s Lives, this set from the library assembled at Voltaire?s former home, the Chateau de Cirey (Champagne) by Mme de Simiane (1761-1835), sometime lover of Lafayette and later a correspondent of Fanny Burney. Diane-Adelaide de Simiane?s early life was colourful and she came to Cirey in 1795 after a period of incarceration during the Terror. Prior to that she had been married to Charles-François de Simiane, who had served with Lafayette in America and who died in mysterious circumstances in France 1787. The death was publicly explained as a hunting accident, but the circumstances were unusual and suggest suicide; Charles-François was almost certainly homosexual and his wife Diane-Adélaïde had pursued a long affair with Lafayette in the 1780s. After her husband?s death madame de Simiane never remarried.
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