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"Oeuvres de Pierre et Thomas Corneille presedees de la Vie De Pierre Corneille par Fontenelle, et des Discours Sur La Poesie Dramatique, Nouvelle Edition, illustree de douze gravures sur acier", published by Garnier Freres, Paris, undated (1857). The engravings are designed by Pierre-Gustave-Eugene Staal (1817-1882), engraved by several engravers, Massard, Paquien, Ferdinand Delanney, Dohorty, Nargeot. The frontispiece portrait of Pierre Corneille was created by Ferdinand Delanney.

This book is in French.

Contents:

Vie de Pierre Corneille, par Fontenelle
Discours Sur Le Poeme Dramatique
Discours a l'Academie
MEDEE [with Preface by Voltaire]
LE CID [with Preface by Voltaire]
HORACE [with Preface by Voltaire]
CINNA [with Preface by Voltaire]
POLYEUCTE, MARTYR [with Preface by Voltaire
POMPEE
LE MENTEUR [with Preface by Voltaire]
LA SUITE DU MENTEUR [with Preface by Voltaire]
RODOGUNE, PRINCESSE DES PARTHES [with Preface by Voltaire]
HERACLIUS [with Notes by Voltaire]
DON SANCHE D'ARAGON [with Preface by Voltaire]
NICOMEDE [with Preface by Voltaire]
SERTORIUS [with Preface by Voltaire]
OTHON [with Preface by Voltaire]
Poesies Diverses
Oeuvres Choisies de Thomas Corneille
Ariane
Le Festin De Pierre
Le Comte D'Essex

Pierre Corneille [6 June 1606 - Paris, 1 October 1684] is generally considered one of the three great seventeenth-century French dramatists, along with Moliere and Jean Racine.

Thomas Corneille, [Aug. 20, 1625, Rouen, Fr.- Dec. 8, 1709, Les Andelys], French dramatist, younger brother of the great French Classical playwright Pierre Corneille and a highly successful dramatic poet in his own right, whose works helped to confirm the character of the French Classical theater. Between 1656 and 1678 Corneille put on no fewer than 16 tragedies, starting with "Timocrate" (1656), which was among the dramatic successes of the century. His best play is the tragedy "Ariane" (1672; "The Labyrinth", (1795). He also experimented with comedy in the then-popular Spanish style (Le Geolier de soi-meme, 1655), with opera, and with lyric drama.

Corneille had a sense of timing and a flair for ingenious dramatic effects. One original contribution to the drama was the extended use in his later works of stage machinery in an attempt to enlarge the range of tragedy. Elected to the Academie Francaise in 1685, he helped to compile an encyclopedic dictionary.

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Condition

Original red cover, embossed hard boards (some wear, a small ink stain on the edge of the front board); beautifully gold tooled leather spine with 4 raised bands, endpapers are present (creased at the hinges); nice vintage ex-libris [book plate] inside front cover, 7" x 11"; 527 pages, 11 engravings with tissue guards + frontispiece; gold page edges, some staining, library and "withdrawn" stamps, very good binding and condition. [ohva]

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Oeuvres de Pierre & Thomas Corneille, 1857, engravings

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