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Pierre-Antoine de la Place - Pièces intéressantes et peu connues pour servir à l'histoire et à la littérature - 1781/1790

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Literature - Quantity: 8

Condition: Good
Language: French
Edition: 1st Edition
Author/ Illustrator: Pierre-Antoine de la Place
Book Title: Pièces intéressantes et peu connues pour servir à l'histoire et à la littérature - 1781/1790
Number of Books: 8
Publisher: A Bruxelles et se trouvent à Paris chez Prault
Binding/ Material: Leather
Subject: Literature
Object: Book

Pierre-Antoine de la Place - Pièces intéressantes et peu connues, pour servir à l'histoire et à la littérature, 8 volumes - Nouvelle édition. A Bruxelles, 1781-1790. Volume 1: 484pp. - Volume 2: 430pp. - Volume 3: 494pp. - Volume 4: 486pp. - Volume 5: 516pp. - Volume 6: 516pp. - Volume 7: 526pp. - Volume 8: 504pp. 2 volumes with a few scores of songs at the end, a few pages of scores a little burned (see photos) - 17 x 10 cm

The first 4 volumes are bound in full marbled sheepskin leather, the other 4 are in half sheepskin (bindings of the time); smooth spine with rich decoration gilded in the compartments, 2 title and volume number labels in red morocco for the first 4 volumes and in light brown morocco for the last 4, golden fillets on cuts, red edges. Friction, wear and tear (not too serious) on corners (dented, one corner a little worn) and borders; some joints slightly split in head and tail, covers with some friction, scratches of use (not too serious); inside: reasonable condition overall It could be part of the first edition (year of the first edition 1781). A nice set, hard to find complete
Former student of the English college of St. Omer, run by the Jesuits, Pierre-Antoine de La Place (1707-1793), a reformed religion was a fruitful wegg, too some will say, who became known as one of the first translators of Shakespeare and other Elizabethan authors in French. He lived in Paris in a small circle of epicureans more or less atheist: Boindin, Boismorand, Caylus, Crébillon, Piron, Duclos ; and he was a member of several ‘banter’ societies including the Dominicans. This compilation constitutes more a collection of ana than a periodical or a scientific collection per se. We find however the way to challenge he who was director of mercury and the new choice: abundance of historical and literary anecdotes, translations from English, verses and epitaphs, unpublished letters (drawn from the archives of Duclos for volume I, then of the correspondence from mercury). As in the Nouveau Choix, the loans from Prévost are numerous.

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