Paris: Chez Ant. Aug. Renouard, 1804. An early reprint. The six parts were initially published separately between 1786 and 1798. The edition published in 1800 was the first collected edition and the first with these plates. Each part with a vignette title-page (six total); Copper-engraved frontisportrait of Demoustier and thirty-six copper-engraved plates by P. Andouin after C. Monnet. Binding extremities a bit worn. Small chip to red spine label of Vol. II. Scattered very light foxing, the occasional minor stain. A very good, tight set. Contemporary sheep over marbled boards, gilt-ruled spine with gilt-lettered black and red morocco labels. Six parts, bound in three volumes, twelvemo. 146, 129, ; 108, 115, ; , 119, , 156,  pp. Item #16472
Charles-Albert Demoustier (1760-1801) falsely claimed to be a descendant of fabulist and poet Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) on his mother’s side and a descendant of playwright Jean Racine (1639-1699) on his father’s side. Initially he worked as a lawyer, but decided to become a writer. In addition to the present work, he also wrote comedies, such as Conciliateur ou l'Homme amiable (1791). Lettres a Émilie contains a variety of mythical tales and characters, including the stories of Saturn, Jupiter, Minerva, Pan, Echo, the Oracles of Apollo, King Minos, the Minotaur and more.