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QUINAULT, Philippe (1635--1688)
Le théatre de Monsieur Quinault, contenant ses tragedies, comedies, et operas. Nouvelle édition, enrichie de figures en taille-douce. Tome premier. (Tome II--V.)
A Paris par la Compagnie des Libraires, 1739.
5 vols ; 16.7 cm. (12º)
I: [4], 543, [5] p., add. engr. t.-pl., [5] pl.
II: [4], 516 p., add. engr. t.-pl., [6] pl.
III: [4], 399, [1] p., [5] pl.
IV: [4], 407, [1] p., [5] pl.
V: [4], 449 [i.e. 459], [1] p., [8] pl.

A list of booksellers distributing this work appears on the verso of the half-title: P. Gandouin, Nyon Pere, Valleyre, Huart, Nyon Fils, Clousier, Prault Fils, De Poilly, Damonneville. Imprint from the colophon: 'De l'Imprimerie de Valleyre 1739'. The first two volumes have additional engraved title-pages, the first bearing the imprint of Pierre Ribou, who had published the 1715 Paris edition; there is a frontispiece plate to each play. Volume I includes a life of Quinault by G. Boffrand. Pages 457--459 of vol. V are misnumbered 447--449. Quinault was a dramatist now chiefly remembered as Lully's librettist.

Copy Notes Library shelf mark in ink on second free-endpapers in the form D 88 nº 19. In vol. I additionally a pencil inscription on the first front free-endpaper: 15 Gros(?) No.379-4.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, blind-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments incorporating a small coronet over a fleur de lys, dark red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 1049


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