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Zemire en Azor
MARMONTEL, Jean François and Pieter PIJPERS.
Amsterdam, Jan Helders, Abraham Mars, 1783. 8vo. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine with one brown and one green morocco spine-label and fleurons in the remaining compartments, sprinkled-paper sides. With an engraved title-page including a vignette by H.L. Meyling, a letterpress title-page with an emblematic engraved vignette by Reinier Vinkeles.
Splendid copy, luxuriously extra-illustrated 5 years after the original publication, of the first edition of Pijpers’s Dutch adaptation of Marmontel’s 1771 Zémire et Azor, a version of the fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. It is signed in brown ink by the author, and on the last page by G. de Visscher (one of the delegates of the Amsterdam theatre) as a warrant of authenticity, with the privilege to the printers Helders and Mars, dated “Amsteldam, den. 6 Augustus, 1783”.