MOLIÈRE (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, dit).

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MOLIÈRE (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, dit).
The Misantrope. Comedy. Paris : Jean Ribou, 1667. In-12, frontispiece, (20)-84 pages. 19th century red jansenist morocco, spine ribbed, double gilt fillet on the edges, gilt lace around the back covers, gilt edges (Capé). Rare first edition of one of Molière's greatest plays. It is illustrated with an unsigned frontispiece by François Chauveau representing Molière playing the character of Alceste, the amorous atrabilaire. The text of the play is preceded by a Letter written on the comedy of the Misanthrope by Jean Donneau de Visé, a former enemy of Molière who rallied to his cause. A separate play, along with Dom Juan, in Molière's output, the Misanthrope was first performed on June 4, 1666 at the Palais-Royal theater in Paris. Guibert I, 187; Tchemerzine IV, 781. (Title washed; tiny marginal worm gallery on about ten leaves).
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