Paris & Rio de Janeiro: Belin Leprieur et Morizot, 1848. Item #04279
'The Confessions of a Schoolboy'
Twelve Hand-Colored Lithograph Plates by Victor Adam
ADAM, Victor, illustrator. SAILLET, M. Alexandre de. Les Confessions d'un Écolier. [The Confessions of a Schoolboy]. Paris & Rio de Janeiro: Belin Leprieur et Morizot, 1848.
First edition. Octavo (8 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches; 223 x 143 mm.). [iv], 338 pp. Twelve hand-colored lithograph plates (including frontispiece). Text leaves browned but all of the twelve plates clean and fresh apart from some minor marginal foxing in places.
Late nineteenth century quarter red morocco over red boards, smooth spine decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt, decorative end-papers. Engraved bookplate of José M. Catarineu on verso of front free end-paper. Apart from the aforementioned browning and marginal foxing a very good copy.
An important and rare juvenile title by Alexandre de Saillet, who ranks among the most important children's authors of 19th century France. In this book, Saillet pretends to be editing the anonymous confessions of a real schoolboy.
According to OCLC there are only two copies in institutions and libraries worldwide, both at the University of Toronto, Canada.