DescriptionAdrien Michel Hyacinthe Blin de Sainmore; Sebastien Mercier; Marquis De Pezay; Claude Joseph Dorat; Sainmore: Lettre De Sapho A Phaon, Precedee D'Une Epitre A Rosine, D'une vie de Sapho & suive d'une Traduction en Vers des Ouvrages de ce Poete. Paris: Sebastien Jorry, 1766.
Sebstien Mercier. Lettre De Dulis A Son Ami... London & Paris: Widow of Duchesne, 1767.
Marquis De Pezay. Lettre D'Alcibiade A Glicere, Bouquetiere D'Athenes, Suive D'Une Lettre De Venus A Paris, Et D'Une Epitre A LaMaitresse Que J'Aurai. Geneva & Paris: Sebastien Jorry, 1764.
Dorat: Selim Et Selima, Poeme Imite De L'Allemand, Suivi Du Reve DUn Musulman, Traduit D'Une Poete Arabe, Et Precede De quelques Reflexions sur la Poesie Allemande. Leipzig & Paris: Sebastien Jorry, 1769.
Dorat: Les Cerises Et La Double Meprise, Contes En Vers, Pour Servir De Suite A Ceux D'Alphonse Et De L'Isle Merveilleuse. The Hague [Paris]: 1769.
Dorat. Lettre De Zeila, Jeune Sauvage, Esclave A Constantinople, A Valcour, Officier Francois; Precedee D'une Lettre A Madame De C**. Troisieme Edition. Geneva & Paris: Chez Bauche, 1766.
Dorat. Reponse De Valcour A Zeila, Precedeee D'Une Lettre De L'Auteur A Une Femme Qu'il Ne Connoit Pas. Paris: Sebastien Jorry, 1766. First Editions, except as stated. 8vo. 7 works in 1 vol. 32;34;36;68;42;59;42;[1 ads]. Contemporary French mottled calf, triple gilt rules and fleurons on covers, rebacked, original gilt spine laid-on, title on label "Recueil D'Heroides", a.e.g., marbled endpapers, booklabel of Brian Douglas Stilwell, large paper edition; occ. minor foxing. Sainmore: Full page engraved plate by Gravelot & Aliamet, engraved headpiece and tailpiece by Ghendt after Eisen. Mercier: full-page engraved plate, vignette and tailpiece after A. de Saint-Aubin by C. A. Mer (all printed in RED, unlettered proof plate). Pezay: fullpage plate, 3 vignettes, and two tailpieces after Eisen by Aliamet, de Longuel, and Lemire. Selim: plate by Ghendt after Eisen. Cerises: plate by Ghendt after Eisen. Zelia: plate, vignette, and tailpiece by Longueil after Eisen. Reponse: plate, vignette, and tailpiece by Longueil and Aliamet after Eisen. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Charles Eisen (1720-1778) one of the 'four masters' of French rococo book illustration. "Henri Cohen, who knew the detail of the subject better than anyone else, ranked him second to Moreau only because of the latter's superior range and flexibility, saying that otherwise his illustrations brought together 'the maximum of grace, finish, and perfection. To his mind Eisen 'excelled in voluptuous subjects and knew how to give an inexpressible charm to everything which makes women attractive.' "In the little world of rakes and dandies, there were a number of would-be poets. Beginning in 1763, the Chevalier Dorat, a retired officer of musketeers, persuaded Eisen, as the master of gallant illustration, to adorn his verse pamphlets on erotic themes, usually with a plate, a headpiece, and a tailpiece. Other poetasters like Blin de Sanmore and the Marquis de Pezay followed suit....Thus there came into being a small library of verse epistles, stories, and comedies, which are exampled in the collection of plaquettes..."[Ray, Art of the French Illustrated Book.]These copies of these plaquettes are on all on the preferable "grande" paper. Sainmore: Cohen-de-Ricci 156. Lewine 69. Gay/Lemonnyer III,802. Mercier: Cohen-de-Ricci 699. Lewine 352.Pezay: Cohen-de-Ricci 797. Lewine 412.Selim: Cohen-de-Ricci 327. Lewine 154. Gay/Lemonnyer III,464.Cerises: Cohen-de-Ricci 311. Lewine 149. Gay/Lemonnyer I,527. Zeila: Cohen-de-Ricci 318. Lewine 152. Gay/Lemmonyer III,464. Reponse: Cohen-de-Ricci 322.Lewine 153. Gay/Lemonnyer III,464.
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