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[WOMEN]. Subligny, A.T. Perdou de]. La Fausse Clelie, Histoire Francoise, Galante et Comique.

  • £14000

Nymegue: Chez R.Smetius, 1680.

12mo, engraved title, title, [8], 322, [6] p., woodcut initials, endpieces of squirrel in foliage with seed heads. Contemporary mottled calf (lightly rubbed), banded spine, gilt ruled compartments with central gilt lozenge made up of a garland within a oval, flanked by foliage and a five pronged crown at head, tan morocco label with triple gilt rule outer border, edges speckled red.

A rare edition of this chivalrous romance first issued in 1670 concerns one female Walter Mitty, Juliette,  who believes she is the heroine of Scudéry's romance Clélie, histoire romaine (1656-1660). The novel features a mysterious abduction, a mysterious "ghost" and amorous interludes.

Coming at the end of the Romance period, this novel is seen as an important transitional work in attempting to modernise the romance.  Paige (1990) Before Fiction: The Ancient Regime of the Novel p.62; A very good copy (engraved title dusty). Armorial bookplate of the Marquess of Headford (est. 1800 County Meath, Ireland). Worldcat returns copies at BL, Oxford & Cambridge only.   [Ref: 341] 

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