LA CALPRENÈDE, Gauthier de Costes de. [Alexandre-Nicolas de La Rochefoucauld marquis de SURGÈRES, editor]. ~ Faramond, roman. Paris: Bauche, 1753.
4 vols, 12mo (165 × 92 mm), pp. , xxii, 447, ; , 490; , 1-456, 459-553, ; , 1-432, 439-486, 481-530, complete (with half-titles) despite mispaginations in the final vol. Woodcut ornaments. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt panelled spines, red morocco labels. Slightly rubbed, but an excellent set.
First edition of the marquis de Surgères’ abridgement of La Calprenède’s massive historical romance on the early history of France, first published in 12 volumes (1661-70). Following the success of his earlier abridgement of Cassandre, he reduces the text of Faramond to manageable size for a contemporary audience.