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Collected works of the French children's author Berquin

BERQUIN, Arnaud.
Oeuvres choisies.
Paris, Chez Dufart, An IV [1796]-An V [1797]. 16 parts in 8 volumes. 12mo. With 15 engraved frontispieces and 30 engraved plates. Contemporary marbled boards.
€ 1,250
First edition of the present collected works by one of the most popular French children's author at that time, Arnaud Berquin (1747-1791). He is best known for his L'ami des enfans, which started in 1782 as a children's periodical, the first ever of the genre. The present collection contains L'ami des enfans; L'ami de l'adolescence; Théatre de l'enfance; Introduction familières a la connoissance de la nature, with 15 plates of plants, animals and birds and 4 astronomical plates; Idylles; Romances; Le petit grandisson; Sandford et Merton.
Some occasional foxing, otherwise in good condition. Bindings worn along the extremities, somewhat damaged along the spines.
Cf. Cat. Van Rijn 828; Gumuchian 537, 544, 587-590 (other editions).
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