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MERCIER Louis-Sébastien (1740--1814)
Mon bonnet de nuit. Par Monsieur Mercier. Ouvrage qui doit servir de suite au Tableau de Paris du même auteur. Tome premier (- quatrième).
A Neuchatel de l'imprimerie de la Société Typographique, 1784--1786.
4 vols ; 20.3 cm. (8°)
I : 206 p.
II : 221, [1] p.
III: [4], 203, [1] p.
IV : [4], 188 p.

Volumes III--IV have imprint: A Lausanne: Chez Jean-Pierre Heubach & Compagnie, 1786, and omit the sentence 'Ouvrage qui doit ...' in the title. The first two volumes of this collection of short pieces on various subjects went through several editions in 1784 (priority unknown), and the third and fourth were first issued in 1785. Mercier was a prolific writer of plays, pamphlets and novels, chiefly remembered for his social commentary, such as the Tableau de Paris of 1781 (1783 ed., q.v.). The second volume of the present collection includes an essay on 'Le Ballon-Montgolfier' written in response to the first public demonstrations of the Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon in 1783.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-titles. In this copy of vol. II the '9' of p. 219 has failed to print. Acquired per John Williams at R.H. Evans' sale of John Nash's library, 15--20 July 1835 (q.v.), lot 519, for 3s. 6d. (Spiers Box, Purchases through personal friends; Curatorial Papers: Bailey, outsize box 16).

Binding Late C18th/early C19th polished calf, gilt double-ruled borders, gilt-ruled inner dentelles with royal blue paper doublures, gilt-ruled spines, green morocco spine-labels

Reference Number 1459


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