London: C. Cooke, (1795). 12mo (5.6 in, 14.3 cm). x, 11-172 pp.; ill. Title page indicates "Two volumes in one," "Cooke's edition," and "Embellished with superb engravings." Frontispiece shows an imprint date of March 7, 1795.
First illustrated edition: Madame de Grafigny (1695-1758) went from battered wife to "captivating" widow, yet struggled with poverty and political persecution. Ultimately, Grafigny wrote this novel and became a celebrity across Europe and even more famous after her successful play, Cénie. Grafigny's salon became "the literary center of Paris" where she advised and edited other writers. Scholars consider this work to be a masterpiece in which she brings attention to social inequities for women.
OCLC. ESTC N34135. "Françoise De Graffigny" from Voltaire Foundation. "From battered wife to major writer" from Women's History Network. Finely bound by Stikeman & Co. in N.Y.: Full green morocco with gilt lettering to spine, gilt roll-tooled edges to boards, and elaborately gilt turn-ins. Top edge gilt. All gilt bright. Engraved frontispiece "Peruvian Princess" by J. Thornthwaite, one engraved plate "Peruvian Princess, Vol. II" by W. Sommerville, and both printed by T. Kirk. Provenance: C. Chisholm to recto of frontispiece. Front joint top just starting, faint stain does not affect legibility, and frontispiece top tip with small chip. Remarkably well-preserved, tight, and clean first illustrated edition. Near fine. Item #1156
First illustrated edition.