Berlin: Chez Arnold Wever, 1786. An attractive Berlin edition of Leprince de Beaumont’s periodical for teenage girls, which first appeared in 1764. This edition is edited by C. Thiébault de Laveaux (1749-1827), who was professor of French at the University of Berlin. It includes engravings by Eberhard Siegfried Henne (1759-1828), theologian-turned painter and engraver, who worked with Chodowiecki. This edition not in OCLC. Four frontispieces designed and engraved by Eberhard Siegfried Henne. Light rubbing to covers, but overall a very good, clean set. Contemporary paste-paper boards with plain paper spine labels, each with a figure in manuscript. Four volumes in two, octavo. 6], 231, ; 228; 216; 240 pp. Item #16835
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (1711-80) wrote over seventy books for young people, mostly collections of moral and instructive tales. Born in Rouen, she married unhappily, and then went to London in 1745 to become a governess. She began producing magazines and pedagogical treatises. She is best known for her Nouveau Magazine français, a literary and scientific compilation for young readers (1750-5), and the Magasin pour les enfans (1757), both published in London. The latter contains her most famous version of Beauty and the Beast, an abridgment of Madame de Villeneuve’s original text. “…she is interesting chiefly for her efforts—manifested before Rousseau’s Emile—to make education enjoyable” (New Oxford Companion to Literature in French).
Paul Hazard, Les livres les enfants et les hommes, p. 24.