Rohan-Chabot’s copy
VOISENON, Claude-Henri de Fusée de
Oeuvres complettes
Paris, chez Moutard, 1781
5 vol 8vo (189 x 118 mm) one engraved portrait by Dupin after Cochin as frontispiece, XXXII, 552 pp. for the volume I ; 2 unn.l., 646 pp., 1 unn.l. (errata) for the volume II ; 2 unn.l., 520 pp., 1 unn.l. (errata) for the volume III ; 2 unn.l., 454 pp. for the volume IV ; X, 423 pp. for the volume V. Polished calf, Rohan-Chabot coat of arms on the corners, filet in blind, spine with raised bands, red edges (contemporary binding).
Brunet, V, 1346.

First edition of the Œuvres (the last volume is addressed to Amsterdam and not Paris, a detail not mentioned by Brunet). The fourth volume containing biographical notes of writers with the cartons mentioned by Brunet (Marmontel p.71, Riccoboni p.149, Le Chevalier de Mouhi p. 151), Diderot p.179, and Roi de Prusse p. 179).

After a mundane youth during which Voisenon (1708-1775) became acquainted with Crébillon, Duclos and Favart, he embraced the ecclesiastical state at the urging of his family. He was the author of plays and also wrote novels and tales, some of which were libertine in tone, notably Zulmis and Zelmaïde.

Pages 217-220 of volume III have burn with damage to text; binding slightly rubbed, spine faded.

Spine faded, bindind slightly rubbed.

Provenance : Rohan-Chabot’s collection (arms).