Rare illustrated edition given to Nancy of the famous "Le Roman bourgeois" by Antoine Furetière (1619-1688) published in 1666.
This 1712 edition was printed by the printer of His[on] A[ltesse] R[oyale] [Duke of Lorraine] and is illustrated with 4 fine copper engravings.
Title printed in red and black with mention "new edition, revised again & augmented with historical remarks & a satyr in verse by the same author..."
Beautiful copy, well-made binding in contemporary marbled and glazed calfskin, ribbed spine, red morocco piece and a rich decoration with small gilt irons.
Missing a micro fragment of the foot cap and two pierced corners, otherwise binding in very good condition, bright gilding. Fresh and clean interior. slight traces of handling. the marbled paper endpapers detached from the covers.
Antoine Furetière's Roman bourgeois is perhaps as much a series of paintings of the bourgeois mores of Paris as it is a novel in the modern sense. There is not exactly a plot followed, even if one can find links between the various stories that make up the book. The term "bourgeois" itself must be understood in the classical sense (17th century), which concerns the urban, commoner and relatively well-to-do categories of society, as Molière uses it for the Bourgeois gentilhomme at exactly the same time. . (wikipedia)
AUTHOR: Antoine Furetière and Jean-Baptiste Cusson (Printer)
TITLE: The bourgeois novel
PUBLISHER: Chez Jean-Baptiste Cusson, printer-bookseller of His[on] A[ltesse] R[oyale] [duke of Lorraine] on the Place de la Ville Neuve, in the Name of Jesus, In Nancy and M. DCCXII [1712 ]
Flight. in -12 of , 327,  pages, 4/6 Plates (missing 2 plates)