BEAUMARCHAIS (Pierre-Augustin Caron de).

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BEAUMARCHAIS (Pierre-Augustin Caron de).
La Folle journée, ou Le Mariage de Figaro, comedy in five acts, in prose. Kehl], De l'Imprimerie de la Société littéraire-typographique ; Et se trouve à Paris, Ruault, 1785. Large in-8, long-grained red morocco, large gilt roulette, diamond-rectangle decoration, spine ornamented, the nerves underlined by a thin green morocco scroll, interior roulette, gilt edges (Period binding).
The most beautiful edition of Beaumarchais' masterpiece, printed in Kehl in the printing house founded by the author a few years before, and for which he had bought the Baskerville hallmarks.
It is illustrated with 5 figures by Saint-Quentin, finely engraved in intaglio by Liénard, Halbou and Lingée, here in the first edition. The original drawings by Saint-Quentin, in bistre wash, are now preserved in the library of the Comédie-Française.
The play, composed according to the author's confession at the request of the Prince of Conti, was read at the Comédie-Française in 1781 and then presented to the public on the stage of the Odéon in April 1784. The original edition was published almost simultaneously, the same year, in Paris.
A remarkable copy, with large margins, in a fresh contemporary decorated morocco binding, in exceptional condition.
Copies in contemporary morocco are extremely rare. Ours is presented in a binding decorated with a diamond-rectangle decoration in the Bozerian style, and is complete with the final errata leaf.
From the library of Alexis de Redé (ex-libris).
Some light foxing.
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