Paris, J. Hetzel, 1868.
12mo of (3) ll., 370 pp. Small stain in the margin of pp. 151-155, some rare foxing. Black half-shagreen, marbled paper boards, spine ribbed decorated with cold fillets in the panels, mottled edges. Contemporary binding.
First edition, « rare and very sought-after » of the Petit chose. (Clouzot, 80)
« Rare book, without mention of edition. One of Daudet’s best works. » (Carteret, I, 191)
« First work of the novelist, this book is an autobiography and a fragment of memoirs. Daudet flatters himself with good reason; it is him, « this rabid of ‘petit Chose’ » […] The Petit Chose, touching and charming work, little master-piece of delicate observation and poetry, never stopped being very successful with a very large audience ». (Dictionnaire des Œuvres, V, 230).
An elegant copy, wide-margined (height: 175 mm), of this rare French literary original, preserved in its contemporary binding.
When a copy of the first edition of the Aventures prodigieuses de Tartarin de Tarascon bound in morocco by Lortic was sold for 1400 fr. at an auction organized in Paris, on April 25th 1968, a copy of the Petit Chose bound in morocco with doublures by Noulhac was sold for 2650 fr. at the same auction.