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RED MOROCCO REPUBLICAN ROMANCE

DUCRAY-DUMINEL, M. [Francois-Guillaume]. Victor, ou l'enfant de la foret.

A Paris. Chez le Prieur, Libraire, [1798]. Third edition.
12mo. Four volumes. 242, [2]; 257, [1]; 275, [1]; 325pp, [1]. With half-title and engraved frontispiece to each volume. Finely bound in contemporary red half-morocco over marbled boards, gilt. Slightly rubbed to spines, bumping to corners. Marbled endpapers. Early ink inscription of E. Matheiu to head of each title, occasional marginal loss to text blocks.
A handsome copy of the third edition of this popular romance of the French republic, by Francois Guillaume Ducray-Duminil (1761-1819), French novelist and song-writer whose novels were deemed 'stupid romances' by Hugo in Les Miserables. First published in 1796, it follow's the exploits of Victor, abandoned as a child in a seventeenth-century Bohemian forest, discovered and raised by a nobleman, only to rediscover his lineage in a chance encounter in that same forest. All early editions now appear remarkably scarce.
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 11086