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[PREVOST, Abbé].

Lot 234: Rarissime first edition of Manon Lescaut

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

March 24, 2015
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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[PREVOST, Abbé]. Memoires et avantures d'un homme de qualité, Qui s'est retiré du monde. Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux & de Manon Lescaut. Amsterdam, La Compagnie, 1730-1731. 12mo. Complete, 7 parts in 3 vol. Contemp. red half roan (sl. rubbed at extremities, corners sl. bumped) over marbled paper covered boards (rubbed and faded) with raised bands and gold-tooled spine titles; edges sl. soiled. Binding of vol. 2 weakened. Title pages in red and black (two with engraved vignettes). Larger half of last page of part 1 torn off; rear free endpaper half-cut (vol. 3); sl. waterstained (vol. 1). Sl. cockled and browned, occasionally sl. stained; occasionally worn (several small tears and small pieces missing) or unevenly cut edges. (4), 217, (2), 173, (1), (2), 232; (2), 221, (1), (8), 288; (4), 283, (1), (4), 344 pp.

Artist or Maker

[PREVOST, Abbé].

Provenance

From the castle of Rosendael

Notes


Contains the first original edition of Manon Lescaut, which was published by Abbé Prevost in Amsterdam as the seventh volume of his famous novel 'Mémoires et aventures d'un homme de qualité qui s'est retiré du monde'. Manon Lescaut was banned in France due to its controversial nature, and the edition published twenty years later had to be censored by the author. The novel became very popular immediately upon publication, and was many times referred to in the arts - be it the famous opera by Giacomo Puccini or The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

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