Item #11665 [Caption title:] Les Trois Cousines, Comedie. Adelaide de Saint-Ange.

[Caption title:] Les Trois Cousines, Comedie.

[Paris, Marie-Antoinette Cailleau (widow of N.-B. Duchesne) 1784].

12mo (156 x 88 mm.). 131p.

Contemporary blind-ruled mottled sheep (tiny neat restoration to the base of the spine), ST. ANGE GILT-LETTERED ON THE FRONT COVER, flat spine and label gilt, red edges.

With: Dancourt, Florent Carton.
            [Caption title:] Le Charivary, Comedie.  [Paris, the Widow Duchesne 1784]. 12mo (157 x 88 mm.). [161]-[162] 163-208p.
            Bound as above, ST. ANGE GILT ON THE FRONT COVER. (I; corners slightly worn, tiny neat spine restoration).

With: Legrand, Marc-Antoine.
            [Caption title:] Le Galant Coureur.  [Paris, the Widow Duchesne 1784]. 12mo (159 x 96 mm.). [1] 2-90 [r. 70]p.   
            Bound as above (I-II), ST. ANGE GILT ON THE FRONT COVER (slightly scuffed and chipped, tiny neat spine restoration).              $2350.00
            Ad I-III: When quite young, Adélaïde de Saint-Ange had her Parisian debut at the Comédie Française in 1779 to favorable reviews, and she joined the company the following year. Near the start of her career, these three plays were removed from a larger collection of dramas and specially, if inexpensively, bound for her, so she could learn her parts. I have (by good luck) firmly identified the source of Les Trois Cousines (I) and Le Galant Coureur (III). They were extracted, respectively, from volumes 40 and 21 of the Widow Duchesne’s 1784 eighty-four-volume Bibliothèque des Théâtres. The several hours fishing there for Le Charivary (II) confirms its design, typography and ornament are in keeping with that of the massive collection. Both Dancourt and Legrand were popular and prolific playwrights, and their works enjoyed frequent revivals. All three volumes are in good condition.

Item #11665

Price: $2,350.00

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