La princesse de Monpensier.
Paris, Charles Osmont, 1681.
Large 12mo. (8), 146 pp. Contemporary brown calf, traces of gilt leading edges.
Later edition of the first published work of Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, comtesse de La Fayette (1634-93), first published in 1662: not only one of the first modern novels in any language, but also both the prototype and a masterpiece of the historical novel.
Binding professionally restored. An old deleted ink ownership to title-page. From the library of the French statesman and historian Gabriel Hanotaux (1853-1944) with his bookplate "Libro Liber" and initials "GH" to front pastedown.