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Lettres Portugaises

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Lettres de Mlle Aisse Suivies de Celles de Montesquieu et de Mme du Deffand au Chevalier D'Aydie, Etc

By Mademoiselle Charlotte Aisse

Edited by Eugene Asse

c1873 - Paris - Bibliotheque-Chapentier

7" by 4.5", xx, 423pp

 

 
 
 
 


 
 

DETAILS

The letters of Mademoiselle Charlotte Aisse.

In French.

With a portrait of Mlle. Aisse to frontispiece.

Mademoiselle Charlotte Aisse (a corruption of Haide), (c.1694 13 March 1733), French letter-writer, was the daughter of a Circassian chief, and was born about 1694.

Her father's palace was pillaged by the Turks, and as a child of four years old she was sold to the comte Charles de Ferriol, the French ambassador at Constantinople. She was brought up in Paris by Ferriol's sister-in-law with her own sons, d'Argental and Pont de Veyle. Her great beauty and romantic history made her the fashion, and she attracted the notice of the regent, Philip II, Duke of Orleans, whose offers she had the strength of mind to refuse. She formed a deep and lasting attachment to the Chevalier d'Aydie, by whom she had a daughter. She died in Paris.

Her letters to her friend Madame Calandrini contain much interesting information with regard to contemporary celebrities, especially on Mme. du Deffand and Mme. de Tencin, but they are above all of interest in the picture they afford of the writer's own tenderness and fidelity.

With a previous owner's ink inscription to verso of front free endpaper.

CONDITION

In a cloth covered binding. Externally, generally smart but with slight bumping, a small mark to front board and sunning to spine. Internally, firmly bound, age-toned throughout as is usually the case with French books, and slight foxing to front blanks but otherwise clean. Small ink notes to recto of rear free endpaper.

Overall: GOOD


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