CORNEILLE (Pierre).

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CORNEILLE (Pierre).
La Suivante, comedy. Paris, Augustin Courbé, 1637. In-4, red morocco, double fillet gilt, spine decorated, inner lace, gilt edges (Devauchelle).
First edition of one of Corneille's great comedies.
The play, performed around 1634, was not published until three years later in the wake of Le Cid. The epistle contains numerous allusions to this masterpiece and to the famous quarrel: Those who have hurried to the performance of my works are infinitely obliged to me; those who do not approve of them can dispense with coming to give themselves a headache, they will save money, and will please me. Judgments are free in these matters and tastes vary (...)
They think they are right, and so do I (...) it is up to the disinterested reader to take the medal by the right side.
To come to this next one, the rules of the ancients are rather religiously observed: there is only one main action to which all the others lead, its place has no more extent than that of the Theatre, & the time is not longer than that of the performance, if you except the hour of dinner which occurs between the first & second act.
Washed copy, containing the last blank introductory leaf (h. 220 mm).
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