Rose ou les Effets de la Haine, de l’Amour et de l’Amitié, Première [Seconde] Partie. ‘Londres’ & Paris, Robin, 1765.
First Edition. Two volumes, 12mo (178 x 108 mm), pp. [iii]-xvi, 122; [ii], 142, , the second volume stained throughout in the lower corner, wanting the half titles, uncut throughout in the original pale blue wrappers, rather tatty, headcaps chipped and lower part of the spine largely missing, but preserving the circular shelf mark paper labels, white paper label across the top of the spine, lettered and numbered in ink, small circular shelf marks on the lower spines.
An unsophisticated copy of this delightful and very scarce sentimental novel which charts the fortunes of the eponymous heroine who despite her modest birth - ‘d’une petite naissance’ - is elevated in society by the intervention of generous benefactors. It must have been fairly popular as it was republished under several different titles, L’Education de l’Amour, followed in 1769 and finally Agathe et Clairfons ou les effets de la haine, de l’amour et de l’amitié, in 1796. Despite this, it appears to be scarce in any edition.
The author, an officer in the cavalry who went under the name Desboulmiers, was a popular novelist ‘connu comme littérateur dans le genre léger où il a fait preuve d’un certain esprit’ (DLF). He also had an interest in the theatre and a broad knowledge of its history. His two most important works on theatre history, Histoire anecdotique et raisonnée du théâtre italien, Paris 1769 and Histoire du théâtre de l’Opéra-Comique, Paris 1769, are still consulted today.
ESTC t220632, listing BL and BN only; OCLC addds a handful of copies in Germany.
MMF 65.26; Gay III, 1049.