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LA PUCELLE D'ORLÉANS POËME EN VINGT-UN CHANTES...EDITION ORNÉE DE FIGURES GRAVÉES PAR LES MEILLEURS ARTISTES DE PARIS
Paris: De l'Imprimerie de Didot le Jeune, L'An Troisiéme [1795].. Two volumes in one. 211;212pp. plus portrait and twenty-one engraved plates. Large, thick quarto (34 x 35.8 cm). Full early 19th century forest green morocco, spine elaborately gilt extra, ornate gilt side panels, a.e.g. Extremities rubbed, upper inner hinge and crown of joint cracking, endleaves a bit dusty, otherwise a very good copy. Bookplates. First edition thus, printed on thick, pale blue paper, and elegantly illustrated with the portrait (by Gaucher) and plates after Lebarbier, Marillier, Monnet, and Monsiau, engraved by Baquoy, Choffard, Delignon, Delvaux, Duhamel, Dupréel, Lemire, Lingée, Malbeste, Patas, Pauquet, Ponce and Romanet. "Très belle édition" Cohen - De Ricci. A mock- epic poem on the subject of St. Joan, LA PUCELLE proved itself one of Voltaire's most infamous and popular works. Due to its mildly licentious nature, many early editions were published surreptitiously, and a good number of them were suppressed. The first authorized edition was printed in Geneva in 1762. COHEN - DE RICCI 1034. BENGESCO 513.
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