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1769 1ed FINE BINDING Narcissus Venus Illustrated French Mythology Malfilatre

A beautiful Moroccan red-leather bound book of French poetry.

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter from Thespiae in Boeotia who was known for his beauty. He was the son of the river god Cephissus and nymph Liriope. He was proud, in that he disdained those who loved him. Nemesis noticed this behavior and attracted Narcissus to a pool, where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus lost his will to live. He stared at his reflection until he died. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself and one's physical appearance.

Main author: Malfilâtre; Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubin; Chambolle-Duru.

Title: Narcisse dans L'isle de Venus : poëme en quatre chants.

Published: A Paris : Chez LeJay Librairie rue St. Jacques, [1769]

Language: French

Notes & content:

1st edition

Beautiful Moroccan red leather binding

5 full-page engravings by Saint-Aubin

Includes charming illustrated title page


Wear: wear as seen in photos

Binding: tight and secure fine leather binding

Pages: complete with all x + 112 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: A Paris : Chez LeJay Librairie rue St. Jacques, [1769]

Size: ~8.5in X 5.5in (22cm x 14cm)



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1769 1ed FINE BINDING Narcissus Venus Illustrated

Estimate $499 - $1,000Apr 28, 2019