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FLORIAN, [Jean-Pierre Claris de]. Numa pompilius, second roi de rome.

A Paris. De l'Imprimerie de Didot l'Aine, 1786. First edition.
12mo. In two volumes. [2], 212; 226pp. With an engraved frontispiece to Vol. I. Contemporary tree-calf, spines richly gilt. A trifle rubbed. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to FEP of Vol. I, lightly spotted.
A handsomely bound set of the first edition of Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian's (1755-1794) popular Numa pompilius, second roi de rome, an undisguised imitation of Fenelon's didactic novel Les aventures de Telemaque, fils d'Ulysse (1699). Didot's second (octodecimo) edition of the same year contained 12 plates by Queverdo. The work was immediately popular, and swiftly translated into English (London, 1787).
£ 200.00 Antiquates Ref: 21576