by LA FAYETTE, Marie Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, Comtesse de.
par Dame Marie de La Vergne, Comtesse de La Fayette. Engraved frontis. port. of Madame Henriette & engraved vignette on title. Title printed in red & black. 5 p.l. (incl. frontis.), 223,  pp. of publisher's ads. Small 8vo, cont. sheep, spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Amsterdam: M.C. Le Cene, 1720. First edition, published posthumously, of the Comtesse de La Fayette's personal historical memoir of Henrietta, Duchess of Orléans (1644-70), the third daughter of the English king, Charles I. La Fayette (1634-93), an intimate of the duc de la Rochefoucauld, was the author of La Princesse de Clèves (1678), the first modern novel of sentiment. She is considered to be one of the originators of the modern novel. One of her closest friends was Henrietta, who asked La Fayette to write her biography. Henrietta married the brother of Louis XIV and was very popular at his court. However, she became estranged from her husband and acted imprudently. It has been asserted that she was poisoned by order of her husband. Fine copy with the engraved portrait in an unusually rich impression. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5183)
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