Ainsi finissent les Grandes Passions; by LOAISEL DE TREOGATE, Joseph…

LOAISEL DE TREOGATE, Joseph Marie (1752-1812).

Ainsi finissent les Grandes Passions; ou les Dernières Amours du Chevalier de... Première [-Seconde] Partie. Paris, Poinçot, 1788.

First Edition, Second Issue. Two volumes, 12mp (180 x 105 mm), pp. [iv], 5-240; [iv], [5]-247, II F1 torn at base with loss to margin, not touching text, uncut throughout in the original drab wrappers, paper labels and small paper shelf mark labels, lettered and numbered in ink, a little worn but a nice, unsophisticated copy.

A lovely, unsophisticated copy of this scarce sentimental novel, first published in 1788 and apparently reissued here with a new title-page (as suggested by MMF but I have not compared copies). Set in Paris and provincial France, this epistolary novel explores the connections, romantic and otherwise, between Madame Eugénie de V. and the Chevalier de..., demonstrating the importance of the purity of passion (not ‘l’amour héroïque’ but ‘l’amour avec toutes ces foiblesses’) and the call for a return to nature.

With a longish preface on love and fiction: ‘Enfin, quoique ce Livre soit un Livre d’amour, nous le croyons cependant très-moral...si toutefois on peut appeller Roman un Livre où il n’y a point d’aventures, où l’action est bien moins dans les incidens que dans les images, où les sentimens abondent, où tout est en réflexions & en développemens’.

See MMF 8754bis; Gay I, 39.

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