A Liege: del l’Imprimerie de Bassompierre...A Bruxelles: chez Vanden Berghen, 1759., First edition of Caraccioli’s sixth book. On the education of princes, this was one of the author’s most popular titles, and a “second edition” was published the same year. This first edition is elusive: OCLC lists five copies, three in North America. Front board darkened near fore-edge, bookplate removed. Old ink signature on title-page, old French library rubberstamp. A good, clean copy. Contemporary calf, rebacked to style, marbed edges and endpapers. Twelvemo. xx, ,, 302 pp. Item #14649
The Marquis de Caraccioli (1723-1803) was born and wrote in Paris, though he studied in Mans and travelled in Italy, Germany and Poland. He was a prolific writer of poetry, fiction, history, and biography. Frequent topics were education and manners. He is the author of Les derniers adieux de la maréchale de••• à ses enfans (1759), translated into English as Advice from a Lady of Quality to her Children. Book collectors know him best for the color-printed book, Le livre de quatre couleurs (1757), and its successor, Le livre à la mode (1759).