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LEONARD, Nicolas-Germain (1744--1793)
Idylles et poëmes champêtres. Par Mr. Leonard.

A Gnyde [i.e. Paris?]:, [Cazin?],, [178-?].
216 p., engr. t.-pl. ; 11.7 cm. (12º)

Title and fictitious imprint from the engraved title-plate, which is unsigned. Nicolas-Germain Léonard (from Guadeloupe) along with Antoine de Bertin (1752--1790) (translator of Edward Young, Sterne and other English writers) and Evariste Désiré de Forges de Parny (1753--1814) both from L'Ile Bourbon (La Réunion) met in Paris in the 1770s and formed a literary society known as 'La Caserne' for the intellectual and social life of a circle of officers. They introduced a creole sensibility and tropical exoticism into the pre-revolutionary, pre-romantic poetic discourse of the day. Léonard's first poems appeared as Idylles morales in 1766. The earliest dated edition under the title Idylles et poëmes champêtres appears to be the edition published with a letterpress title-place having the imprint 'A La Haye, Et se trouve à Paris, Chez Desenne, Libraire, ...' dated 1782, and an additional engraved title-plate with a pair of doves, love's quiver and other attributes of love,signed by Louis-Joseph Masquelier after C.P. Marillier dated 1781. The present edition contains all the same poems and the title-plate is the reverse of the one issued in 1782, unsigned and undated but with the fictitious imprint line 'A Gnide'. The publication date is variously suggested as 1775 or c. 1788; it has been attributed to Cazin, but may be a pirated edition. See C.A. Brissart-Binet, Cazin: sa vie et ses éditions, par un Cazinophile (Cazinopolis [i.e. Reims] 1877), pp. 162, 211.

Copy Notes Cypher in ink on endpaper facing the engraved title.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt triple-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 3711

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