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Les Femmes sçavantes. Et se vend pour l'Autheur, Paris, Au Palais & chez Pierre Promé, 1673.
In-12, marbled basane, gilt mention of Mr Demeray on the first plate, small coat of arms in the centre, smooth spine decorated, red edges (18th century binding).
First edition. A second edition copy, dated 1673.
The play was first performed on March 11, 1672 on the stage of the Palais-Royal in Paris.
Molière, who played the role of Chrysale in the play, knew how to bring to light, with a happiness equal to that of the École des Femmes, the ridiculousness of these poets of the last order, before whom women filled with false knowledge and immense credulity swoon with admiration. On the purely literary level this play is one of the most perfect. (Guibert, t. I, p. 350).
A copy in an old armorial binding, in exceptional condition.
The coat of arms stamped on the first plate (which is a chevron accompanied by three shamrocks placed two and one) is said to be that of Charles-Antoine de Bernart (1734-1819), marquis of Avernes and count of Orbec, ensign of the Orleans gendarmes in 1761, marshal of camp in 1784 and knight of Saint-Louis. Olivier's manual, which classifies them among the undetermined irons, mentions two almanacs of 1768 and 1787 bound with these arms.
The mention in gilt letters on the first cover, Mr Demeray (or Mr de Meray?), is contemporary with the binding and indicates the name of another owner of the volume.
H. 148 mm.
Skilfully restored spines and corners.
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