MÉRIMÉE (Prosper).

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MÉRIMÉE (Prosper).
Theatre of Clara Gazul, Spanish comedy. Paris, A. Sautelet et Cie, 1825. In-8, lavaliere morocco, gilt fillet, frame drawn by gilt fillets, dotted lines and small gilt irons, spine decorated, the caissons decorated with small gilt irons on a thousand-point background, interior lace, gilt edges on witnesses, cover and spine (Huser).
First edition of the author's first work.
This is a literary deception containing six short prose dramas supposedly written by an obscure Spanish actress. Mérimée's plays are built around the themes of jealousy, love and passion, but are also inspired by historical subjects such as colonization, the peasant revolt and the Portuguese revolution of 1640.
A fine copy, elegantly bound, with a lithographed portrait of Clara Gazul - in reality Mérimée dressed as a woman - as a frontispiece, in double proof, one of which on strong paper before the letter, as well as the lithographed cover which hides Clara Gazul's hairstyle and restores the author's hair.
Dry stamp of the Fondation Napoléon on the title.
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