A Amsterdam: 1759. First edition of this epistolary novel, set in England. Small hole in upper margin of title. Otherwise a very good, attractive copy, in a Portuguese binding. Recent antique-style calf. Gilt spine wit morocco label. Twelvemo. , 250 pp. Item #12334
Madame Riccoboni (1714-1792) was an actress, and the wife of comedian and dramatist Antoine Francois Riccoboni. She was successful at neither her acting career, nor her marriage, and at the age of forty, she took to novel writing, which seemed to be her métier. She wrote novels of sensibility, and has been compared to Mackenzie and Fielding. Her novels include 'Lettres de mistriss Fanny Butlerd' (1757), and 'Histoire de M. Le Marquis de Créssy' (1758), She also wrote a continuation of Marivaux’s unfinished Marianne and a novel on the subject of Fielding’s Amelia. The present work was reprinted numerous times. This first edition, however, is scarce. OCLC lists ten copies, eight in North America.
Cioranescu 53043.See Julia Kavanagh, French Women of Letters (1862).