[LA FAYETTE, Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, Madame de]. ~ La Princess de Clèves. Paris: Compagnie des Libraires Associés, 1741.
12mo (161 × 90 mm), pp. , 204; , 209, . Old ink stain to foot of final leaf, a few tears and paper flaws, the most serious being the upper margin torn away from 2 leaves (2, pp. 109-12) Contemporary calf, gilt panelled spine. Spine rather rubbed and faded. A modest copy. Early engraved bookplate of N.F.B. Le Sage.
First printed in 1678, with numerous reprints, a milestone in the history of European fiction, generally considered the first historical novel and the first psychological novel.