8 December 2015
GONCOURT, Edmond de (1822-1896). La Maison d'un Artiste. Paris: G. Charpentier, 1881.
2 volumes, 8° (182 x 121 mm). Contemporary red French quarter-roan over marbled boards, top edge gilt, others uncut, original wrappers bound in. Provenance: Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883, presentation inscription by Edmond de Goncourt).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY inscribed and signed by Edmond de Goncourt to his friend the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. Ever the barometer of taste, Edmond de Goncourt here offers an exhaustive two-volume inventory of the contents of his own house. Each room is minutely described, with special attention given to 18th-century French bronzes, 17th-century French drawings, Marie-Antoinette furniture, an extensive library, and his celebrated cabinet de l'extrême-orient. AN OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATION COPY. Vicaire III: 1061-2. Carteret I:359.
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