London, South Kensington
22 September 2000
RACINE, Jean Baptiste. Oeuvres, Paris: La Société des Libraires, 1760. 3 volumes, 4°, half titles, engraved portrait of the author by J. Daullé, titles with engraved vignettes by Chevillet after de Sève, 12 engraved plates, engraved head and tail pieces after Sève by Flipart, Alimaet, Baquoy and others (occasional light spotting and browning), contemporary mottled calf, covers with triple gilt fillet borders, spines gilt in compartments, red morocco lettering-pieces (joints and edges rubbed with minor losses).
THE ONLY EDITION WITH PLATES BY DE SÈVE. Brunet IV, 1078: "Première édition de Racine, publiée en France, avec une certain apparence de luxe"; Cohen-de Ricci 846-7; Ray The Art of the French Illustrated Book 1700 to 1914 60: "In these stately volumes Jacques de Sève did for Racine what Boucher had done for Moliére. Indeed, the fact that he alone was responsible for designing the twelve plates, thirteen headpieces and sixty tailpieces gives them a decorative unity quite unmatched in the earlier work ... De Sève's illustrations combine with the book's imposing size and typography to make it a work of some magnificence ... In any event, it is an almost faultless achievement"; Thomas A Checklist of Editions of Major French Authors in Oxford Libraries 1526-1800 p.159. (3)
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