Brussels: Meline, 1840. First Edition. Half-calf. Very good. 2 vols. 1st edition (published by Meline in 16mo.), preceded by a serialization in Revue de Paris, but preceding the other 1840 Brussels editions from Jamar and Hauman, and Meline's later octavo edition, as well as Dumont's 1840-1841 Paris edition (see Munro page 99). Contemporary half calf, contrasting green morocco labels, over pink floral cloth (rubbed in spots), rear inner paper hinges separating in a few places but sound, stamp to rear endpaper of vol. I, else a very good set, attractive and complete with both half-titles. A scarce book. OCLC/World Cat lists 7 copies in libraries worldwide. Alexandre Dumas was an elite swordsman and duelist; his master of arms was Augustin Grisier. Grisier had left France in 1824 seeking glory in St. Petersburg where he had met a young woman who's lover, a Knight in the Emperor's Guard, was naively drafted into the Decembrist Conspiracy, a poorly plotted attempt to remove the Czar (Nicholas I) and replace him with a republic. Back in France Grisier recounted his experiences to Dumas who then wrote this romance, an early attempt by him to meld political collusion, adventure, and romance. (Inventory #: 303)
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