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BERNARDEN DE SAINT-PIERRE, Jacques-Henri.
Umberto Brunelleschi. (illus)
Paul et Virginie.

Published
Paris: Fr. Guillot, 1943.
Plates
12 + 3
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
Paris: Fr. Guillot, 1943.
Ref
1567

Quarto, printed folding wrappers, uncut, untrimmed, two unnumbered pages, 168 pp., publisher's folder, and matching slipcase. Beautifully Illustrated throughout by Umberto Brunelleschi, with 18 coloured pochoirs, including 12 plates, three ornaments, and three decorative letters. Limited edition, this is number 294 of 500 copies on Arches paper. A novel first published on the eve of the French Revolution in 1788, a story of two friends since birth who fall in love. Set on the Ile de France (Mauritius), then under French rule. The author lived on the island for a time and based at least part of his novel on a shipwreck he witnessed there. Coloured plates in order: 1. Full page coloured frontispiece of Paul et Virginie. 2-4. Small coloured chapter header and coloured initial letter. 5. Full-page coloured illustration of local island inhabitants. 6. Full-page coloured illustration of Virginie sitting up a tree. 7. Full-page illustration of two white servant girls. 8. Full-page coloured illustration of Virginie carrying a large water jar on her head. 9. Full-page coloured illustration of a nude Virginie about to bathe in a river. 10. Full-page coloured illustration of a French dignitary sitting on horseback with two native servants. 11. Full-page illustration of Virginie being dressed by a native servant. 12. Full-page illustration of Virginie being attended by a white servant. Formal evening gown. 13. Full-page coloured illustration of an old man and a young adolescent boy (Paul). 14. Full-page coloured illustration of a shipwreck. 15. Full-page coloured illustration of Virginie in a formal dress.