Two vols, 12mo, pp. I: viii, 261, II: 208, [2 (errata, blank)]; one gathering misbound, half-title to vol. II only (as always); a very good copy in French contemporary quarter mottled sheep with pink marbled paper sides and green vellum tips, spines gilt, red morocco lettering-pieces; slightly rubbed, minor chipping to headcaps.
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Valérie, ou Lettres de Gustave de Linar à Ernest de G… Tome premier [– second].
Rare first edition of Valérie, the most famous novel by the Russian mystic and novelist Madame de Krüdener (1766–1824), who for a time exerted an influence over Tsar Alexander I.
The novel created a literary sensation and became one of the classic novels of the pre-Romantic movement in France, receiving translations into a number of languages (although not apparently into Russian until 2000). Written partly as a roman à clef, it is largely inspired by the author’s romantic liaison with Alexandre de Skatieff.
Carteret I, 459; Vicaire IV, cols 723-4.
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