1758 · Paris
First edition: Jouve's romanticized account of Zenobia, legendary queen of Palmyra; the Monthly Review of June, 1758, made particular note of both the vivacity and floridness of the author's style. There was a La Haye edition of the same year; the present Estienne printing is significantly less common, with WorldCat locating => only six U.S. institutional holdings.
Binding: Contemporary mottled calf, front cover with elaborate gilt-stamped EC monogram and coronet, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt compartment decorations. Marbled endpapers and all edges marbled; original silk bookmark present and intact.
DeBacker-Sommervogel, IV, 860. Brunet gives only the Hague edition of the same year. Binding as above, leather scuffed and rubbed with spine head chipped yet gilt still bright. Pages gently age-toned and cockled, with some offsetting front and rear from the binding and scattered small spots of foxing; a few corners bumped. A handsome volume and => an interesting 18th-century perspective on the near-mythic rebel queen. (Inventory #: 36250)