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AULNOY, Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, baronne d' (1650--1705)
Les contes des fées par Madame D*** ...
A Amsterdam, aux dépens d'Estienne Roger,, 1708.
[4], 22, 25--423, [3] p., engr. front. : engr. illus. ; 13.4 cm. (12º)

Title from Library of Congress and EROMM. First published in 1697. The Soane copy lacks all before p. [5], but is here identified with an edition published posthumously in Amsterdam in 1708 on the basis of the three-page list of musical works available 'a Amsterdam chez Estienne Roger' at the end. Roger published a further set of volumes in 1717--1719, possibly including re-issued sheets of the 1708 edition. A collection of nine stories, each is headed by an engraved vignette notable as being among the the earliest illustrations to fairy tales. Madame d'Aulnoy, who is credited with originating the phrase 'conte de fées' (fairy tale), blends traditional and literary elements in her tales, drawing on heroic and pastoral romance as well as folklore; the work was an immediate success. Contents: Gracieuse et Percinet; La belle aux cheveux d'or; L'oiseau bleue; Le prince lutin; La princesse printanière; La princesse Rosette; Le rameau d'or; L'oranger et l'abeille; La bonne petite souris. Two volumes in one, paged continuously; the Soane copy is without a 'Tom. II.' title-leaf between pp. 210 and [211], the presence of which in other copies has not been established.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting title-page and all before p. [5]; wanting pages 409--410 which are supplied in two blank leaves.

Binding C18th quarter calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label, spine-title reading 'Gracieuse / Et Percinet / &'C &'C &'C'.

Reference Number 3826

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