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RACINE, Jean.

Œuvres.

Paris: Chez Pillot, Jeune, Libraire, 1805 Stock Code: 129728
£1,500.00
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Specially bound for Talleyrand's illegitimate daughter

A highly attractive copy, specially bound for Charlotte de Talleyrand (1799-1873), the illegitimate daughter of the French statesmen and diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand and his mistress Catherine Noël Worlee. Later married to Charles's cousin Alexandre-Daniel de Talleyrand, Charlotte gained a legitimate Talleyrand name, and passed the books down to her daughter Marie Marguerite de Talleyrand (1863-1890), with her ownership signature ("Marie de Talleyrand") on the front free endpaper.

The work is bound by one of the greatest French binders of the age, Simier of Paris, with his stamp at the base of spine of vol. I: "His variety and technique were superb; he had no superior and few rivals during his career" (Ramsden, French bookbinders, 1789-1848, p. 190). He served as binder to the king following the restoration.

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Description

4 volumes, duodecimo (135 x 81 mm). Contemporary green morocco, smooth spines lettered and tooled in gilt, "Charlotte" blocked in gilt on front covers, covers with gilt roll-tooled border within single rule, marbled endpapers, gilt edges, green silk bookmark.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece and 8 engraved plates.

Condition

Half-titles present. Spines very lightly darkened with faint crease to spine of vol. IV, a few minor abrasion marks to morocco, endpapers lightly discoloured, some faint foxing. A lovely copy.

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