Molière [i.e. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin]. - Bret, Antoine (ed.). Oeuvres de Moliere, avec des remarques grammaticales, des avertissements, et des observations sur chaque piece [...].

Paris, Libraires associés, 1786.

12mo. 7 (instead of 8) volumes: (4), 359, (1); (4), 390; (4), 380; (4), 352; 360; 387, (1); 368 pp. Contemporary full calf with giltstamped spine and spine title. Endpapers marbled. All edges marbled.


Third Paris edition, rare; more extensive than the six-volume first edition of 1773. Particularly remarkable for its commentary and notes, Bret's celebrated work is considered one of the best Molière editions ever published. It includes Voltaire's biography of Molière, enriched with supplemental notes on the poet's life.

Flyleaf of each volume with contemporary handwritten ownership of "Else Ferro" as well as with near-contemporary stamp of ownership of "Anton". Library shelfmark to flyleaf of each volume. Flyleaf of vol. I bears a 19th century collector's note referencing the 1837 Leipzig edition of Molière's works, edited by Louis Lax.

Bindings somewhat rubbed; hinges starting in places; heads of spine of vols. 1, 2 and 4 chipped. Interior shows occasional small marginal flaws and light browning. Still an appealing set, lacking the 8th and final volume (containing "Les Femmes savantes", "La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas", "Le Malade imaginaire" and "La Gloire du Val-de-Grace").


Lacroix, Bibliographie moliéresque I, 356. OCLC 82195735.

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