1839 Nice RIVIERE Binding - 1st Edition - PAUL and VIRGINA by Bernardin De St Pierre.
Author: Bernardin de St Pierre.
Title: Paul and Virginia With an Original Memoir of the Author, and Three hundred and Thirty Illustrations.
Language: Text in English.
Publisher : London: W.S Orr & Co., 1839. First edition.
Size : 10 " X 7 ".
Pages : xxix-306 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good, half leather binding with significant gilt tooling to spine by RIVIERE & Son for the Gardenside Bookshop, Boston (signed on the bottom of the back of the first endpaper) (hinges fine, overall slightly sunned, worn and scuffed) under a protective mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, light foxing and staining - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the Three hundred and Thirty Illustrations.
The book: Beautifully bound first English edition of Paul et Virginie (or Paul and Virginia) -- a novel by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, first published in 1788. The novel's title characters are friends since birth who fall in love. The story is set on the island of Mauritius under French rule, then named Île de France. Written on the eve of the French Revolution, the novel is recognized as Bernardin's finest work. It records the fate of a child of nature corrupted by the artificial sentimentality of the French upper classes in the late eighteenth century. Bernardin de Saint-Pierre lived on the island for a time and based part of the novel on a shipwreck he witnessed there.
The author: Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (also called Bernardin de St. Pierre) (19 January 1737 Le Havre – 21 January 1814 Éragny, Val-d'Oise) was a French writer and botanist. He is best known for his 1788 novel Paul et Virginie, now largely forgotten, but in the 19th century a very popular children's book.
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