Bruxelles, Méline, 1852-1854.
14 parts in 5 volumes 12mo. Light-brown half-calf, flat spines, yellow edges. Contemporary binding made for the Duchess de Berry with her library label from the Castle de Brunsee.
149 x 97 mm.
Exceedingly rare first edition – the French edition will only be achieved in 1855 – of one of Dumas’ remarkable historical novels from which a TV series was just adapted.
Following the rebellion of the people on October 6, 1789, the royal family is brought back from Versailles to Paris and settled in the Tuileries. The queen Marie-Antoinette is more and more unfair to Andrée (the Countess de Charny) as she realizes the arranged marriage of the count (whom she loves passionately) and the Countess de Charny could become a love marriage. Leaving the service of the queen, Andrée discovers the joy of knowing her son Sebastian, who was born when she was raped by Gilbert.
The talent of Dumas embarks us in this novel that we devoure end-to-end.
Precious and fine copy that belonged to the Duchess de Berry, the heroine of several novels by Dumas, of this exceedingly rare first edition coming from her personal library at the Castle de Brunsee.