Délassemens de l’Homme Sensible, by BACULARD D'ARNAUD, François-Thomas-Marie (1718-1750)._DORAT, Claude-Joseph…

BACULARD D'ARNAUD, François-Thomas-Marie (1718-1750)._DORAT, Claude-Joseph (1734-1780), also attributed to.

Délassemens de l’Homme Sensible, ou Anecdotes Diverses, par M. d’Arnaud. Seconde Edition. Première Année. Tome Premier [-Sixième]. Première [-Douxième] Partie. Paris, Buisson, 1786.

Second Edition; Mixed Set. Six volumes, 12mo (165 x 94 mm), pp. [vi], 440, [1], [3]; [iv], 448, [2]; [iv], 442, [2]; [iv], 450, [2]; [vi], 440, [4]; [vi], [9]-453, [1], [5]; with half-titles ‘Œuvres de M. d’Arnaud’, in contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt in compartments, red morocco labels lettered in gilt and second red numbering pieces with gilt circle left empty for the volume number but apparently never filled in, some wear to extremiities but an attractive set.

An incomplete set of Baculard d’Arnaud’s Délassemens, a liquid format novel comprising short stories and anecdotes. This set contains the whole of the ‘First Day’ (the first six volumes) which was the first to appear and was published separately in 1783-1784. This set, where the first volume alone is designated ‘Seconde Edition’ (see below), collates as the first edition but is dated 1786; it was clearly meant to include both First and Second Days, but in this set only contains the first three volumes of the Seconde Année (parts 1-VI), wanting the final three volumes (parts VII-XII); each volume has a half-title ‘Œuvres de M. d’Arnaud’ which details the title and year.

See MMF 83:14 (penultimate edition mentioned on p. 256 ‘BN possède un exemplaire du t. 1, 440p - as ours); 86:19.

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