1669 · Paris
8vo.Contemporary mottled calf, highly gilt spine with raised bands. Slightly worn but a bright copy. Ink identification on title page. Pagination: Leaf of title, verso blank; pp3-80 Les Jeux; pp81-413 text; 2p priv dated 14 Mar 1666. Collation A-Bb8-Cc6, . Signature I pages bound out of order, minor soiling, some faded minor dampstains in text at bottom corner signatures.
A Lesbian Novel?
The question that arises from reading Mathide is whether Mathilde and Laure are lovers or just the best of friends. To the modern reader, this novel is interesting to those who study the lesbian novel in early-modern France. Mlle de Scudéry suggests in this novel that the behavior of Mathilde toward Laure is a love that transcends simple friendship and may border on sexual desire. Secondly, the novel dramatizes the close female relationship as a higher form of relationship than a heterosexual. (Inventory #: 129)