BOUILLY, [Jean Nicolas]. ~ Conseils à ma fille... troisième édition. Paris: [J.-L. Chanson for] Rosa, 1813.
2 vols (160 × 92 mm), engraved titles, plus pp. , xii, 354; , 354, complete with half-titles, plus 19 engraved plates (complete). Closed tear (no loss) to pp. [3-4] in vol. 2. A couple of ink spots. Contemporary straight-grained red sheep, attractively gilt, the sides with double borders, spines in compartments with flower and lyre tools. Slightly rubbed, minor wear to corners and to lower edges. Bouilly’s authentication stamp (a facsimile signature) to first half-title, contemporary ownership inscriptions to both titles.
A lovely copy with contemporary ownership inscriptions: ‘Mlle. Justine Debonnaire’. Bouilly’s popular conduct book in the form collection of short stories ran to at least three French editions within a year, and another was published in London in 1813. The 19 stories (completed with a conclusion) include ‘Les Oiseaux de madame Helvétieus’; ‘La Robe feuille-morte de madame Cottin’, ‘Les Tablettes de Florian’, ‘Les Manie des Romans’ (especially interesting and amusing, with a tilt at Ann Radcliffe and the gothic vogue), ‘Jenny la Bouquetière’ and ‘Les Dangers d’un Bon Mot’.