ROSNY, Joseph [Antoine Nicolas Prunot] de. ~ Mes Tablettes ou Recueil de pieces d’écriture de tous les genres tels que Bordereauxh, Chiffres, Vignettes, Desseins, Plans, Cartes de Géographie, et outres petits ouvrages à la plume. Par Joseph de Rosny; correspondant de plusieurs Académies et Sociétés savantes. [Valenciennes, c. 1810].
Oblong 4to (190 × 275 mm), ff. , on different coloured papers of which 33 are completed in manuscript. Contemporary quarter red morocco, straight grained glazed paper covered boards, author’s name in gilt to upper cover. Small circular shelf label to foot of upper cover. Extremities worn, wants front free endpaper.
A striking manuscript sample book, made by Joseph de Rosny (1771-1814), who had been a prolific playwright, novelist, journalist and poet of the Revolutionary period. The manuscript opens with designs for inscriptions to the Imperial family (Napoleon, Empress Marie Louise, Joseph Bonaparte and his wife Marie Julie Clary). De Rosny also demonstrates his proficiency in a variety of historic and ethnographic scripts: including gothic, old English, runic, Egyptian, Georgian, Russian, Babylonian and Celtic and gives designs for several engraved inscriptions and cartouches.
De Rosny’s many published works included the novel Le Peruvien a Paris (1801) and a melodrama Adonis, ou le bon Nègre (1798). He settled at Valenciennes, where he edited a progressive journal and was part of a liberal circle.