Les Aventures Merveilleuses du Mandarin Fum-Hoam
Ornées de figures en Taille douce
(Tr. The Marvelous Adventures of Mandarin Fum-Hoam; Chinese Tales)
by Thomas-Simon Gueullette
Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects
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TOME SECOND (VOL 2)
FRENCH LANGUAGE BOOK
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Publisher: Chez Guillame Saugrain, au Palais, Paris
You are bidding on a very rare book that is 291 years old and a collector’s item. My research has not turned up another one of its kind for sale on the web. This book is VOLUME 2 of a 2 VOLUME SET. Unfortunately, I do not have the first volume and I’m selling this book on its own. There is a two volume set available online dated 1733, but none that I have found from 1723. This book was published ten years earlier when Gueullette first published this story. This book is a valuable piece of French History as well as a fantastic set of exotic tales with gorgeous engravings.
Thomas-Simon Gueullette (2 June 1683 – 2 December 1766) was a French lawyer, playwright, scholar and man of letters, who also wrote fairy tales and works on the theatre itself.
Gueullette was above all known for the publication of several amusing fairy tales: les Soirées bretonnes, nouveaux contes de fées (Paris, 1712, in-12); les Mille et un Quarts-d’heure, contes tartares (Ibid., 1715, 2 vol. in-12 ; 1753, 3 vol. in-12) ; Les Aventures Merveilleuses du Mandarin Fum-Hoam, Contes Chinois (Ibid., 1723, 2 vol. in-12) ; les Sultanes de Guzarate, contes mogols (Ibid., 1732, 3 vol. in-12) ; les Mille et une Heures, contes péruviens (Amsterdam, 1733, 2 vol. in-12).
Condition: This book is in good condition for its venerable age. Cover is leather, spine is embossed with gilt. Most of the gilt is visible on spine. The front cover has detached from book. Endpages are blue and hand marbled. Back endpages are still intact and attached. Book edges have typical signs of wear, scuffing and fraying along edges for a book this old. The inside type is clear and crisp and the illustrations are clean.
The back pages contain an index of chapters for Volume 2 as well as a note about publishing which mentions King Louis XV, the Beloved.
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