First edition of these famous memoirs on the Restoration, published by the Duchess of Abrantes.
A well bound copy. Pleasant romantic half bindings in icy blue calfskin, smooth spine adorned with gilding and small blind-stamped fleurons.
Decorative collection, slightly rubbed to the head/tail-caps. Crisp and clean inside. Some sporadic and light spots of foxing.
In very good condition.
"Famous memoirs that owe a lot to Balzac and admired by Chateaubriand, Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas. This is to say the prestige of these memoirs rich in curious anecdotes and pungent portraits. It was a considerable success. Edmond Biré, in his Mémoires et Souvenirs, writes an important part about them (Tome 1, pp. 115 to 130) Fierro, 3. Bertier, 2.
Born in 1784, married at sixteen, Laure Junot, Duchess of Abrantès, and her husband, were intimates of Josephine and Bonaparte and led a spendthrift and extravagant life. The Duke was entrusted with many missions by Napoleon, but after his death in 1813 the Duchess, impoverished, had to sell her husband's rich library and began a career as a writer to make a living. She met Balzac in 1825 and became his mistress, before dying in 1838 after a very humble end of life. Her Memoirs are teeming with anecdotes written in a simple and playful style.
AUTHOR: ABRANTES, [Laure Junot née Permont] Duchess of
TITLE: Mémoires sur la Restauration ou Souvenirs Historiques sur cette époque la Révolution de Juillet et les premières années du règne de Louis-Philippe Ier. [6 VOLUMES]
PLACE: EDITEUR, DATE:Paris, J. L'Henry, 1835-36.
PAGINATION: 6 vol. de xxxv-384pp. & 387pp. & 408pp. & 399pp. & 423pp. & 608pp. ; COMPLETE 6/6.
FORMAT: octavo (13 x 21 cm).
- Number of Books
- Biography, Fine Bindings, History, Politics
- Author/ Illustrator
- Duchesse d'Abrantes
- Book Title
- Mémoires sur la Restauration ou Souvenirs Historiques sur cette époque la Révolution de Juillet
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Half leather
- Number of pages
- 21×13 cm