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    Splendid Ceremonies the Paul and Marianne Gourary Collection of Illustrated Fête Books

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 370

    PARIS 1784 -- BEAUMARCHAIS, Pierre Augustin Caron de (1732-1799). Le marriage de Figaro, ou la Folle journée, comédie en cinq actes et en prose. Seville [but Switzerland]: Comte d'Almaviva, 1785.

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    PARIS 1784 -- BEAUMARCHAIS, Pierre Augustin Caron de (1732-1799). Le marriage de Figaro, ou la Folle journée, comédie en cinq actes et en prose. Seville [but Switzerland]: Comte d'Almaviva, 1785.

    8o (211 x 127 mm). Half-title. 5 engraved folding plates by NAUDET. (Top corner of half-title, title-page, and first few leaves discreetly repaired.) Modern red morocco, gilt-lettered on spine by Canapé. Provenance: C.G. Ognora Desto (bookplate).

    An unauthorized edition of one of the most successful plays of the 18th century. The Marriage of Figaro, the sequel to Beaumarchais' The Barber of Seville, was written in 1778, although not officially performed until 27 April 1784 at the Odéon theater in Paris. This edition, with the fictitious and mischievous use of Seville and the Count d'Almaviva in the imprint, was actually published in Switzerland and is one of several editions published within the first twelve months following the play's appearance. The five folding plates illustrate five scenes from the play. Cohen-de Ricci 126.


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