La Corbeille de Fleurs

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One of only two copies on Vellum

[MERARD DE SAINT-JUST, Anne-Jeanne-Félicité D’Ormoy, Madame]: La Corbeille de Fleurs. Paris: F.A. Didot l’ainé [1796].

16mo., pp. iv, 250, iii, printed on vellum, bound in contemporary dark red straight-grained red morocco, covers with single gilt rule border, gilt central panel with inverted corners, smooth spine in six compartments, gilt lettered in one, a repeated pattern of circlets and stars in the others, board edges and turn-ins gilt, light blue watered silk linings, silk doublures with gilt vine border and roundel cornerpiece. g.e., joints cracked and slight rubbing.
Probably one of two copies on vellum, extra to the 25 copies on papier velin which comprise the whole edition. The work contains imaginary epistolary exchanges with a marquise, Victorine d’Ortinmar, the story of Girouette I, called the dupe, sovereign of a large kingdom on the moon, and a pastoral story called Rosine and Colette. There are two poems at the end. Excessively rare.

Brunet III 1643; Van Praet Velins bibl. pub I. II 537 (recording two copies on vellum, one owned by the bookseller M Chardon). Very rare in institutions: this title apparently not in OCLC WorldCat, the Bibliothèque Nationale catalogue, or COPAC.