SAINT-FOIX (Germain-François Poullain de).

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SAINT-FOIX (Germain-François Poullain de).
Oeuvres de théâtre. Paris, Prault fils, 1748. 2 volumes in-12, marbled calf, cold fillet, gilt mention on the first plate Mlle Clairon, ornamented spine, red title page, red edges (Binding of the time).
First collective edition of the works of Saint-Foix, a former musketeer who became a playwright, born in Rennes in 1698 and died in Paris in 1776.
Copy of Mademoiselle Clairon, one of the great theatrical figures of her time, with her name stamped in gilt letters on the first cover of each volume.
Very rare and attractive provenance Mademoiselle Clairon shone at the Comédie-Française from 1743 to 1766. A great actress, she imposed herself in tragedies, created numerous plays by Voltaire, and contributed to a reform of theatrical costume. Her portrait in the role of Medea, painted by Carle van Loo in 1759, has remained a model in the genre of theatrical portraiture and was praised by Saint-Foix himself in his Essais historiques sur Paris: The head of Medea is the portrait, not of the person only of Mademoiselle Clairon, but of Mademoiselle Clairon as an actress, still exciting on the canvas some of the passions that she so strongly agitates on the Stage.
Incomplete from leaf L1 to volume I, booklet K* badly bound between leaves K4 and K5. Freckling in the margins of the title pages, caused by the return of the skin to the back cover. Hinges of volume I slightly cracked, with small restorations.
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