Zélie dans le désert. Par Madame Daubenton

Price: 350.00 USD

Genève: Chez François Dufart Imprimeur-Libraire, 1787. First Geneva edition; and 2nd edition after the first of Paris, 1786-87. [4], 302; [4], 319 pp. 8vo. A sentimental, popular, epistolary novel in its day, showing the influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's LA NOUVELLE HELOISE and Samuel Richardson. Gove cites Servais Etienne: "Il suffit de lire Zélie ... pour se rendre un compte exacte de l'influence de Richardson à l'extrême fin de l'ancien régime. Il est certain que Mme Daubenton a fait un effort pour se rapprocher du roman anglais ...". OCLC: 43197583 (2 copies in the U.S.); Gove, THE IMAGINARY VOYAGE IN PROSE FICTION, pp. 382-384 First Geneva edition; and 2nd edition after the first of Paris. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, red-stained edges. Head and foot slightly rubbed, lower joints just starting, but firm. Very good.


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