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Oeuvres de J. B. Poquelin de Moliere

By J. B. Poquelin de Moliere

1850 - Paris - P. Didiot L'Aine

5" by 3.5"; i, 274pp; iii, 287pp; v, 274pp; vii, 302pp; viii, 269pp 

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A set of works by the French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere.

Volumes I, 3, 5, 7 and 8 only (of the original 8 volume set).

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Moliere (1622-1673 was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Moliere's best known works are The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid and The Bourgeois Gentleman.

Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the College de Clermont, Moliere was well-suited to begin life in the theatre. Thirteen years an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell'arte elements with the more refined French comedy.

Through patronage of aristocrats including Philippe I, Duke of Orleans - the brother of Louis XIV - Moliere procured a command performance before the King at the Louvre. Performing a classic play by Pierre Corneille and a farce of his own, The Doctor in Love, Moliere was granted the use of salle du Petit-Bourbon near the Louvre. Later, he was also granted the use of the theatre in the Palais-Royal. In both locations he found success among Parisians with plays such as The Affected Ladies, The School for Husbands and The School for Wives. This royal favour brought a royal pension to his troupe and the title Troupe du Roi. Moliere continued as the official author of court entertainments.

Volume I contains a short introduction to the life of Moliere, 'Vie de Moliere' by Voltaire and, 'L'Etourdi, ou Les Contre-Temps' (1653) 

Volume III contains 'La Critique de L'Ecole de Femmes' (1662) and 'L'Impromptu de Versailles (1663)

Volume V contains 'Le Tartuffe' (1664) and 'Amphitryon' (1668)

Volume VII contains 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' (1670) and 'Les Fourberies de Scapin' (1671)

Volume VIII contains 'Les Femmes Savantes' (1672),  'La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas' (1671), 'Le Malade Imaginaire' (1673) and the poem, 'La Glore du Val-de-Grace'.

 

CONDITION

In calf bindings with. Externally, a trifle rubbed with marks to boards and some slight wear to extremities. Joints to all volumes are starting but are still reasonably firm. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean. Ink signatures reading 'F Erskine' to title pages of all volumes. Some volume number labels to spines missing (1,3,7). Overall: GOOD.


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