[Romans Populaires Illustres . . . Traduction de la Bedolliere. Edition Illustrée de Bertall]
Cf. Spiller and Blackburn, page 24, etc.; OCLC records the individual titles, but cites very few locations
by COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE
Paris: Publié par Gustave Barba, [circa 1849-51], 1849. Early or first French editions of this translation. Cf. Spiller and Blackburn, page 24, etc.; OCLC records the individual titles, but cites very few locations. Edges a little rubbed; very good set.. Large 8vo, 22 parts bound in two volumes, contemporary red quarter calf, red cloth sides, gilt rules and lettering. Illustrated by Bertall. 23 titles by Cooper, translated into French by Emile de la Bedolliere and nicely illustrated by Charles Albert d'Arnoux, aka Bertall (1820-1882), the prolific French illustrator. These titles, and several others by Cooper, were originally issued in parts in Barba's series of Romans Populaires Illuistrés and were apparently later issued bound together. Spiller and Blackburn state that the series or individual titles were reprinted five times between 1849 and 1875. The 23 titles here were bound randomly, each with separate paginations and it is likely they were bound from the parts. The text of each of the two volumes is preceded by a title-page or cover apparently from the original parts issue. Round stamp of the Bibliotheque Paroissiale on the title-pages and on a few pages of text. The binding title reads "F. Cooper / Oeuvres / Illustrees." At the foot of each spine is the ownership name of "G. Hantraye." (Inventory #: 26338)
English & American Literature, Americana, First Editions, Bibliography
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