[SCARRON (Paul)].

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[SCARRON (Paul)].
Jodelet, or The Master Valet. New edition, in conformity with the representation. Paris, Michel-Étienne David, 1730. 12 pages, marbled basane, gilt mention on the first plate, smooth spine decorated with a repetition of quatrefoils in a diamond pattern, red edges (Binding of the period).
Scarron (1610-1660) wrote this comedy in the space of three weeks for the great comic of the time, Julien Bedeau, known as Jodelet.
The play, first performed in 1643 in Paris, at the Hôtel de Bourgogne theatre, was part of the repertoire of Molière's troupe during the years 1659-1662.
A charming copy bound for an actress of the period: Mademoiselle Adélaïde de Saint-Ange, with her name gilt on the first cover.
This young actress made her debut in February 1779 with the role of Agnès in L'École des femmes, and with Julie in La Pupille de Fagan: This debut, which had not been announced, had some success. Miss Saint-Ange combines the prettiest figure with the sweetest and most interesting organ. Her means are extremely weak; but she can acquire the necessary art to take advantage of them. We believe that this young subject can be useful to the Comédie & pleasant to the Public in the roles of lovers [...]. She is said to be a pupil of Mde Préville (Mercure de France, 15 March 1779). The actress is mentioned by the Chevalier de Mouhy in his Dictionnaire des acteurs et des actrices qui ont paru sur le Théâtre-François (Dictionary of actors and actresses who have appeared on the Théâtre-François).
Passages marked with a pen in the 18th century, concerning the lines of Lucrèce d'Alvarade, the sister of Don Juan, the hero of the play, lead us to believe that the actress interpreted this role during her career.
Another volume is known to have belonged to the actress and bound in the same way, an edition around 1750 of a comedy by Jean de La Fontaine (see n°37 of the catalogue of the François Périer library, 2008).
Freckles on the title, small crack on one of the spines.
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