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    [Charles Perrault]. Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passé. Avec des Moralitez. Par le Fils de Monsieur Perreault [sic] de l'Academie François. Suivant la Copie, à Paris [Amsterdam: Jacques Desbordes], 1697. Second edition, first state, comprising an unauthorized printing published the same year as Claude Barbin's first edition. Twelvemo. [vi], 175, [1, table] pages. Copper-plate engraved frontispiece (captioned "Contes De Ma Mere Loye") and eight headpiece illustrations, all engraved in reverse after the designs of Antoine Clouzier (which had appeared in the first edition). Contemporary or early calf, stamped and ruled in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, rebacked with original or early spine laid down, edges gilt-stamped; some minor wear and staining, a bit scuffed and rubbed, head of spine a bit pushed. Endpapers, preliminary, and terminal leaves renewed, all edges speckled with red, top edge darkened; front hinge starting, early leaves over-opened, ink annotations to front endpapers. Internally generally clean, a few spots, very small nick to title page top margin, not affecting text, small hole in lower margin of [A8], another in C6 slightly affecting one letter of text, tear to upper margin of [G11] and [G12] with small loss, not affecting text. Very good.

    This anonymous imprint was once attributed to Moetjens at The Hague, but it is more likely from Desbordes' Amsterdam shop (based upon later printings from his press). This copy is the earliest state of this piracy, with the identification of the author on the title page printed in three lines, no woodcut ornament at page 60, and the rear index listing "pag." alongside page numerals for the fourth, fifth, and eighth fairy tales. In the second state the text is reset, most ornamental tailpieces and decorations changed (except initial letters), and many variant readings occur throughout the text. Of the original Paris edition, it is estimated that eight or nine copies survive in various degrees of completeness.

    The attribution to Perrault's young son Pierre (1678-1700) appears here for the first time, and is generally thought to be simply the result of his name having appeared in the dedication to "Mademoiselle" (niece of Louis XIV).

    All eight of Perrault's classic fairy tales are reprinted here in full.

    Osborne, page 608; PML Cahoon 91.

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