London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
KOCK, Paul de (1793-1871). Autograph manuscript of his novel La Bouquetière du Chateau d'Eau, , 160 pages, folio (365 x 230mm), tipped into an album, half red morocco; [with] an autograph letter signed by de Kock to an an unidentified correspondent who had met his daughter on an omnibus, 1 November 1866, one page, 8vo.
Paul de Kock was the chronicler par excellence of the popular life of mid-century Paris, of the guinguettes and cabarets -- and indeed bouquetières (flower girls): 'Il peint admirablement les moeurs populaires, la malice parisienne, la bonhomie campagnarde, la sottise bourgeoise' (Nouvelle biographie générale).
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