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How to become a Don Juan

[LACLOS, Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de].
Les liaisons dangereuses, ou lettres recueilles dans une société, & publiées pour l'instruction de quelques autres. Par M. C..... De L.
Amsterdam; Paris, Durand Neveu, 1782. 4 volumes bound as 2. 12mo. Contemporary sprinkled calf, blind-tooled double fillet frame on boards, sewn on 5 supports, gold-tooled spine with gold-tooled brown leather labels and red sprinkled edges. 248; 240; 230; 256 pp.
€ 2,950
Rare second edition, a variant of what has been called version C, published in the same year as the first, of one of the most famous works of French literature, a novel in letters about free and almost amoral schemes of courting and seducing women, written by Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos (1741-1803). Laclos was in the first place a military man who made a successful career from captain of the engineering corps to inspector general of Napoleons artillery. He wrote literature in his hours of leisure, and published only the present novel.
With a small library stamp on two title-pages. Bindings very slightly rubbed, head of spine of vol. I slightly worn, and some slight foxing, otherwise a fine copy. Cioranescu 35211; cf. Bulletin du bibliophile et du bibliothécaire, 1952, no. 2, pp. 45-52.
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