Printed by Didot jeune

TRESSAN (Louis-Élisabeth de la Vergne, comte de)

Histoire de Gérard de Nevers et de la Belle Euriant, sa mie. Édition ornée de figures en taille douce dessinées par Moreau le Jeune.

Paris, de l’Imprimerie de Didot Jeune, 1792.

16mo, contemporary binding, full red morocco, the boards finely decorated with a double framing of gilt fillets, dentelle and chain, smooth spine with 5 compartments, gilt fleuron and urn in panels, gilt title, gilt decorated edges, gilt inner dentelle, light blue moiré silk doublure and endpapers, gilt edges. Half-title, title, 247 pp., 4 plates by Moreau le Jeune, engraved by Simonet, Dupréel, de Ghendt and Malbeste. Complete.

Fine Didot impression in elegant contemporary binding.

A lieutenant-general, the Comte de Tressan (1705-1783) was attached to the court of King Stanislas as grand marshal; he had been a playmate and student companion of Louis XV. He founded and was a member of the Académie de Nancy. A member of the Académie Française, he was also a member of the Académie des Sciences and several foreign academies. A physicist and poet, he was one of the first to restore Romanesque literature and translated Roland Furieux and romances of chivalry. He was a frequent guest at the Salon Tencin (Académie Française).

Old handwritten ownership note in ink, “M. de Bois Renaud”, on verso of the first endpaper.

A fine copy.

Ref. Cohen-Ricci, Guide de l’amateur de livres à gravures du XVIIIe siècle, 997.