LEWIS, Matthew Gregory. Benjamin LAROCHE, translator. ~ La Fenêtre du grenier de mon oncle, par Lewis, auteur du Moine: Traduit de l’anglais. Paris: [Mad. Jeunehomme-Crémière for] Corréard, 1821.
12mo (174 × 102 mm), pp. [iv], 173, . Small spill-burn to half-title, occasional spotting. Partially uncut in later quarter vellum, red morocco label. Ex Libris Comte de Cambis. A good copy.
FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH of My Uncle’s Garret Window, a story from ‘Monk’ Lewis’s collection Romantic Tales (1808). The Critical Review noted in 1808 that the tale was itself a translation from the German ‘and is founded on a plot so entirely novel (to the best of our recollection) that we cannot avoid giving it on that account our approbation’. The British Critic (1809) added that it is a ‘sort of sentimental espionage’ and ‘consists of observations made by means of a pocket telescope, and from a garret window, on the motions of a family opposite’.