Lettres de Charlotte à Caroline son amie, pendant sa liaison…

Lettres de Charlotte à Caroline son amie, pendant sa liaison aver Werther; traduites de l’Anglois. by JAMES, William.

~ Lettres de Charlotte à Caroline son amie, pendant sa liaison aver Werther; traduites de l’Anglois. Paris: Chez Hardouin & Gattey, 1787.

2 parts bound together, 8vo (162 × 90 mm), pp. 148, [4] (blank); 136. Contemporary marbled sheep, gilt panelled spine, red morocco label, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. Corners slightly worn, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription to title: ‘Jean-jacques Léaumont’. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).

One of several early French editions of James’ Letters of Charlotte (1786) a novel giving Werther’s Charlotte a voice of her own. The first French edition appeared the previous year, and another (besides ours) appeared also in 1787. All are rare: Rochedieu lists neither the 1786 French edition or ours. cf. Rochedieu, 168 (1787, ‘Londres’ Paris: Royez, 18mo).

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