Paris, Imprimerie Le Normant, 1838.
8vo [200 x 125 mm], 394 pp., (1) bl.l. Bound in contemporary blue half-calf, flat spine.
Very rare first edition, one of only very few copies printed. Joubert died in 1824 and on Mrs. Joubert’s request, Chateaubriand made a selection among the author’s papers in order to publish the present collection that was distributed to his friends. This first edition is very rare. (Escoffier, Le Mouvement romantique, p. 294, Clouzot 161).
Very rare first edition limited to 50 copies printed.
The owner of the present copy had the Sentiments de Napoléon sur la divinité de Jésus-Christ by the Chevalier de Beauterne bound at the end of his volume. This owner also wrote on the first endleaf a long bibliographical note about this rare edition of Joubert’s works.
A fine copy saved for one of the author’s friends, without foxing, preserved in its contemporary half-binding.
Provenance: ex libris Elie Petit.
The only copy of this work recorded in ABPC was sold for 23 000 F at Sotheby’s Monaco in 1989, that is to say 3 500 € 18 years ago.
Among French institutions, the B.n.F. is the only one to own a copy of this first edition. OCLC doesn’t list any copy.