1785 · Paris
The engravings for this edition were re-engraved by Lienard due to the reported dissatisfaction ofBeaumarchais. Le Petit notes that they are larger and better than those of the first illustrated edition,issued a bit earlier in the year.
No less than 16 spurious editions of Mariage de Figaro appeared in 1785 date due to censorship. Ouredition was printed under the care of the author himself. (The Baskerville typeface was used to printthe famous collected works of Voltaire, 1785-1789, in seventy octavo volume known as the “Kehl”edition.)
Ref: Cohen de Ricci, Guide de l’Amateur de livres a gravures du XVIII e Sičcle. (1951). p.125-6; Not in Guildof Women Binders, London. Bindings of to-morrow. A record of the work of the Guild of Women-bindersand of the Hampstead Bindery.1902; Not in Nixon, H.M. Five Centuries of English Bookbindings. 1978.
Provenance: sold Sothebys, Wilkinson & Hodge, November 7th and 8th, 1904. Bindings and ExtraIllustratedBooks, produced by the Guild of WomenBinders and the Hampstead Bindery. Lot 21. (Hammerprice 3Ł). (Inventory #: 1295)