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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, 2 un-numbered pages, 168 pp., publisher's folder and matching slipcase. Beautifully Illustrated throughout by Umberto Brunelleschi, with 18 coloured pochoirs, including 12 plates, 3 ornaments, 3 ornamental letters. Limited edition, this is number 294 of 500 copies on Arches paper. 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.