Donna Hortence, Nouvelle Espagnole.
Donna Hortence, Nouvelle Espagnole.

Donna Hortence, Nouvelle Espagnole.

Paris, M. and G. Jouvenel 1698.

12mo. [iix], 242, [2]p.

Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine and title gilt, edges sprinkled red.

First Edition of this anonymous, Iberian-influenced and partly epistolary novel recounting the life and death of the Lady Hortence, the “only child” of the duchess d’Arcas. In fact, the girl’s best friend, Pelagie, is her younger half-sister.  They have many adventures and compete for the attention of the handsome noble Gaspard. Hortence eventually marries a jealous Neapolitan prince much her senior, and Gaspard pursues Pelagie. Overhearing the sisters discussing Pelagie’s suitor, the prince believes himself betrayed by Hortence and kills her. Pelagie weds Gaspard, and they perpetuate the d’Arcas family line. The book is dedicated to Marie Thérèse de Bourbon, princess of Conti (1666-1732). I have identified one other copy outside Europe. A critical edition appeared in 2004. In nice condition.
¶Hainsworth, Les “Novelas exemplares” de Cervantes en France au XVIIe siècle 218-19; Palau 75567; Lever, La Fiction narrative en prose au XVIIe siècle 144.

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