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A French Robinsonade in German

[MALLÈS DE BEAULIEU, Jeanne-Sophie].
Begebenheiten eines französischen Schiffsjungen auf einer unbewohntern Insel, oder der zwölfjährige Robinson.
Zürich & Leipzig, Trachslerschen Buch- u. Kunsthandlung, [1824]. Small 8vo. With an illustrated engraved title-page, engraved frontispiece and 4 engraved plates, all aquatints which are richly and beautifully coloured by hand. Contemporary green cloth, gold-tooled spine. 324 pp.
€ 2,000
Second edition by Trachsler at Zürich, but the first with the Leipzig address added, of the German translation of the popular French Robinsonade for children by Jeanne-Sophie Mallès de Beaulieu, Le Robinson de douze ans, first published at Paris in 1818. The engraved plates show exceptionally fine colouring, each plate in its own way is transformed into a real work of art. All early editions, both in French and in German, are very rare. The earliest German edition listed by Gumuchian is a new translation from 1836, which he labels "très rare".
Binding very llightly rubbed, otherwise in fine condition. Otto Brunken et al., eds., Handbuch zur Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Von 1800 bis 1850, 582 note; Ullrich IV, 117 f; WorldCat (2 copies); cf. Gumuchian 4946 (new German translation of 1836.
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