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STAËL, Anne-Louise-Germaine (1766--1817)
Lettres sur les ouvrages et le caractère de J. J. Rousseau.
Paris or Geneva 1788.
iv, 127, [1] p. ; 16.5 cm. (12º)

Anonymous. By Anne-Louise-Germaine Necker, later Madame de Staël. Printed in Paris or Geneva. This was Madame de Staël's first published work, begun in 1786 when she was twenty years of age. At least three settings of the work appeared in 1788, one with 123 pp. (long 's' in the epigraph), one with 127 pp. as here (short 's' in the epigraph), and one with 141 p. without the preface but with a half-title. See P.-E. Schazmann, Bibliographie des oeuvres de Mme de Staël (Paris and Neuchâtel 1938), no. 4.

Copy Notes Unsigned wash and pencil portrait of Rousseau attached as frontispiece to verso of free-endpaper. Includes ALs addressed by Rousseau to Monsieur de Corancez / au Palais previously folded and sealed as a letter, tipped-in after title-page: Dim. matin.// Je remercie Monsieur de/ Corancez de son envoi que je/ ne veux pas voir. Ce ne sera que/ quand cette étrange entreprise/ sera pleinement executée, qu'en/ parcourant tous les volumes/ [qu]'on pourra juger des vrais/ motifs qui l'ont [fait?] faire. Pour moi/ je n'ai pas même besoin de/ cet examen pour les connoitre,/ et je m'en tiens là.// JJRousseau. Rousseau composed the music for the first act of his Daphnis et Chloé, unfinished at the time of his death in 1778, to the words of Guillaume Olivier de de Corancez, between 1774 and 1776. De Corancez published his De J.J. Rousseau: extrait du Journal de Paris... de l'an VI in 1798. Inscribed in ink on verso of final free-endpaper Bibliotheque de/ M. de Roissy, Maréchal-de-camp.

Binding Contemporary late C18th dark-brown paper boards, later black morocco spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Letters sur Rousseau'.

Reference Number 3978


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