Le Portefeuille Vert ou Recueil de contes et d'entretiens, à l'usage de la jeunesse, par Campe Traduit de l'allemand par Mlle S. Trémadeure...
by Campe, Joachim Heinrich [1746-1818] ; Sophie Ulliac-Trémadeure, trans.
Paris: Locard et Davi. Very Good-. 1819. First Edition. Hardcover. viii, 280 pages; Contemporary full calf, covers with a decorative border of a rule and floral tools in gilt, flat spine paneled with pairs of gilt rules and all-over tooling, brown marbled endpapers, edges decoratively marbled to match. Spine worn and repaired, with a half inch piece missing and the bottom edge. Frontispiece, title vignette and four full page engraved plates. Joachim Heinrich Campe (1746 1818) was a German writer, linguist, educator and publisher. He was tutor to the von Humboldt family, and briefly tutored Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt, was associated with Johann Basedow's Philanthropinum in Dessau, and then opened his own academy in Hamburg in 1777. Two years later, he published his German version of Robinson Crusoe -- [Robinson der Jüngere (1779)], which attracted a wide European audience well into the 19th century. Sophie Ulliac Trémadeure (17941862) translated Campe's original German into French. She was a translator, novelist and journalist who wrote primarily for a young audience. She is particularly known for a number of popular scientific works for childrenparticularly girlsincluding her series: 'Bibliothèque de la jeune fille.' This is an early work for her, published just a year after Campe's death; Bibliothèque Nationale has a couple of her translations from German works of August Lafontaine published in 1818. The title offered here, 'Le Portefeuille Vert' is now a rare book. OCLC: 457249190 cites only two locations, both in France -- [Bibliothèque Nationale de France; and Bibliothèque Diderot Education (Lyon). Despite the fact that OCLC finds none in the U. S., this copy seems to have been in America since its youth. There is a lovely engraved oval bookseller's ticket mounted to the front paste-down: "Berard & Mondon / New York / French, Spanish, Italian Books, etc." This label appears to represent the partnership of John P. Berard and Peter Mondon. Huttners, 'A register of artists, engravers, booksellers, bookbinders, printers & publishers in New York City, 1821-42' locates the firm at 20 Maiden-lane - from 1819-28; 5 Cortlandt, 1829-30; 3 Cortlandt, 1831-33; and 36 Cortlandt, 1834-42. An interesting side question presents itself: was John P. Berard related to Edgar Allan Poe's French teacher? [Claudius Berard-- who wrote a French grammar published in 1827 by 'Berard & Mondon,' and taught "Modern Languages" at West Point for over 30 years]. Despite the repair and missing cap of the bottom of the spine, this is a nice copy of a rare book, with the plates and the half title, in its original binding. . (Inventory #: 39468)
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