LA BRUYÈRE Jean de (1645-1696).

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LA BRUYÈRE Jean de (1645-1696).
Les Caractères de Théophraste translated from the Greek. Avec Les Caractères ou les Mœurs de ce siècle (Paris, chez Estienne Michallet, 1688); in-12 of [30 ff], pp. 53-360-[2 ff.], bound in brown jansenist morocco, inner lace gilt, edges gilt (Chambolle-Duru). Rare first edition, second printing. According to Tchemerzine-Scheler (III, p.791-793), only six copies of this second edition are known, the first edition being unknown. Since then, about a dozen copies have been identified. It contains 418 characters. Each copy presents a different number of boxes, pagination errors and mistakes, testifying to the corrections made by La Bruyère during the printing. The copy includes the Discours sur Théophraste, modified by the cartoons; Les Caractères de Théophraste (p. 53-149); Les Caractères ou les Mœurs de ce siècle (title, and p. 153-360); the Extrait du Privilège (dated October 8, 1687, without precision of duration); and the Fautes d'impression (printing errors). Signatures: A-B (12), C (6), C (9), D-P (12), Q (privilege leaf).
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