GENLIS, Stéphanie Félicité Brulart, comtesse de. ~ Le Comte de Corke, surnommé le Grand, ou, La Séduction sans artifice, suivi de six Nouvelles Paris: Maradan, An III, 1805.
12mo (180 × 105 mm), pp. xii, 264; [iv], 244, , complete with half-titles and final advert leaf. Worm hole inner upper margin in vol. 1, becoming a track/group of tracks on 15 leaves towards the end of vol. 1. Uncut in original pink wrappers with printed labels, paper split at joints but secure, vol. 2 with later inscription: ‘Genlis’.
First edition in book form, rare, of no less than seven novellas by Genlis, which had appeared serially in the Mercure, headed by a tale of Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork (1566-1643) the Elizabethan adventurer-colonist in Ireland. Contents: 1. Le Comte de Corke (preceded by a Notice historique); Trait de la vie de Henri IV; La jeune Pénitente; 2. Les Amans sans amour; Zumelinde; Le Tulipier, conte oriental; Les Savinies, ou, Les deux jumelles Worldcat: Toronto only outside continental Europe. Several editions followed quickly, including at least one of the same year. COPAC/JISC adds a copy at Swansea.