3 December 2007
COOPER, James Fenimore. Précaution, ou le Choix d'un Mari . . . traduit de l'Anglais par M. Defauconpret. Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1825.
4 volumes in two, 12o (163 x 94 mm). Section titles. (Section title for volume three torn away, some spotting.) Contemporary green and tan tree calf, gilt border of dot roll, single fillet and leaf roll, spines gilt-ruled in six compartments, gilt-lettered red morocco labels in two, the others decorated with gilt borders of wave roll, chain roll, and central stylized lozenge and dot tools, marbled endpapers (chipped at the head and foot of each spine, scuffed, front free endpaper of second volume torn with loss); modern quarter red morocco gilt slipcase. Provenance: Georgianna Pomeroy (presentation inscription from the author).
FIRST FRENCH EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to his niece on the title-page: "J. Fenimore Cooper makes his niece Georgianna Pomeroy a present of this translation wishing for her own sake and that of the translator that it was better done." Georgianna was the eldest daughter of Cooper's sister Ann. The Coopers resided in Paris between 1826 and 1828, and Gosselin, a Parisian bookseller who eventually published almost all of Cooper's fiction, appears to have arranged the French translations, not always to Cooper's satifaction, as correspondence recorded by Beard shows, and "probably without payment before 1826 and after 1833." (Beard I p. 211-212); Sabin 16514; Spiller and Blackburn 1 p. 19. (2)
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