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2 p.l. & 170 pages; Contemporary full calf, front cover detached but present; large portions of the original spine are now lacking. Text clean, sewing intact. This is most likely a counterfeit edition of L'Art d'aimer by the poet called "Gentil-Bernard" by Voltaire. The lines with which Voltaire awarded this designation are printed on the verso of the half title to this edition: "Les Trois Bernards." There is an engraved title without publisher's imprint or date) signed "Lud. Dreppe. Fe[cit]." This is followed by the half title with the Voltaire text on its verso, and then pp. -170, with decorative headpieces but no other plates or illustrations. After the title poem, the major text is "Phrosine et Mélidore, poème," pp. 62-111. Cohen has details of illustrated editions of these two works, suggesting dates of 1775 and 1772, "un titre gravé et de 3 figures de L. Martini gravées par Baquoy, le second illustré de 4 belles figures de Eisen gravées par Ponce et Baquoy." The present edition, with just the handsome title engraving, is described, along with the suggestion of its status as a counterfeit, in NUC pre-1956 imprints NB0361434. OCLC locates five copies exactly matching ours -- [see OCLC Number: 29548013. Library of Congress (from the Yudin collection); Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto; The British Library; University of Oxford; & Australia Defence Force Academy Library]. The collation of our copy is [-]1 A-K8 L6 (unlike the Library of Congress/Yudin copy, ours has a genuine blank leaf as the sixth leaf of the "L" gathering). There is rubbing along the edges of the covers, and especially at the corners, but this is an excellent candidate for restoration. At least 80 percent of the original spine remains -- enough for a pattern, or even to be laid down over a restoration. In any event, there is a highly interesting bookplate mounted to the front paste-down: a ribbon bearing the motto “Sub Tegmine Fagi” (“Concealed Beneath the Beech Tree”) crowns a beech tree that rises from a particolored band. Below this crest is the owner’s name: Henry B. H. Beaufoy, F.R.S. [Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy, 1786-1851]. From the mid-18th century the Beaufoy family were prosperous Quaker vinegar brewers in Lambeth. Henry B.H. Beaufoy's father Colonel Mark Beaufoy (1764-1827) was an astronomer and physicist, who was elected FRS, and was also the first Englishman to climb Mont Blanc. Starting in the early years of the nineteenth century through 1843, Henry B. H. Beaufoy was one of Europe’s most celebrated hot air ballonists. In 1811 he accompanied James Sadler (1753–1828, the first English balloonist), on a flight from Hackney, Middlesex, to East Thorpe, Essex, and took readings with a watch, barometer, thermometer, hygrometer, electrometer, mariner’s compass, and a needle compass; he also performed experiments with bottles of champagne. He published the diary he kept during the flight the same year. Beaufoy's numerous ascents contributed significant support to aeronautics in its earliest period; interested parties may consult his ballooning scrapbooks, now at Princeton. Beaufoy was also a great collector of both coins and books; he wrote a well-regarded book on early English “tokens”. Beaufoy collected across a range of subjects and period. But certainly, as a book collector, his crowning achievement was assembling together copies of the first (1623), second (1632), third (1663), and fourth (1685) folios of the plays of William Shakespeare. Clearly, the volume we offer for sale here once shared shelves with some remarkable companions. The bulk of Beaufoy's library was sold in 1909 [ Catalogue of a portion of the valuable library of books & manuscripts formed during the early part of the last century by Henry B.H. Beaufoy, Esq. and now sold by order of the Beaufoy Trustees ... : which will be sold by auction ... on Monday, June 7, 1909 and three following days and Tuesday, June 15, 1909 and two following days by Manson & Woods Christie]. The four folios of Shakespeare were catalogued separately a few years later, in 1912. The Folger Shakespeare Library now owns the Beaufoy first folio, in its handsome Roger Payne binding; Henry Folger bought it for $15,500 in April, 1914.
Title: L'Art d'aimer, et Poésies Diverses
Publisher: N.p., No Publisher Recorded: circa 1775
Book Condition: Good+
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 41485
Keywords: Henry B. H. Beaufoy, F.R.S. ballooning