4to., contemporary full vellum with handwritten label to spine, pp. , 294, 167, , [1 blank], including ‘Lettres’ in the first part and ‘Le pedant joue’ in the second, the latter having its own frontispiece (also dated 1654), with large copper-engraved printer’s colophon on the title page and, also elaborately copper-engraved and covering the top half of the first page of the Lettres, the coat of arms of the Duc D’Arpajon (the book’s dedicatee). Ex library, with library stamps to title page, library sticker to heel of spine, binding stained and bumped, with a small chip to the corner of the head of the spine, waterstains and abrasion to title page, the rest of the pages slightly foxed, browned, with the margins trimmed tightly with small loss of text to foot of title page (where there should be written, ‘Privilege du Roy’); otherwise in fair condition, complete and tightly bound in firm vellum. Very rare first edition of the Oeuvres diverses of Cyrano de Bergerac which, along with La Mort d’Agrippine published the same year, was the first volume of this legendary author’s work to appear in print. Text in French.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Savinien de., Les oeuvres diverses de Mr de Cyrano Bergerac., Chez Charles de Sercy, 1654
Biographies & Letters
DE SELVE, Odet; LEFEVRE-PONTALIS, Germain (ed.)., Correspondance politique de Odet de Selve, Ambassadeur de France en Angleterre (1546-1549). Publiee sous les auspices de la commission des archives diplomatiques par Germain Lefevre-Pontalis., Ancienne Librairie Germer Bailliere et Cie.: Felix Alcan, 1888