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BERNARDIN DE SAINT-PIERRE, JACQUES-HENRI. Paul et Virginie. Frontispiece portrait of the author by Ribault after Lafitte, in duplicate on different paper stocks; 6 plates by various artists after Prud'hon, Moreau the Younger, and others, each in 3 states (uncolored before and after letters, and hand-colored after letters), plus unfinished uncolored proof before letters of all but the first and fifth plates. , xcii, 194,  pages, including half-title and list of 55 subscribers at end. 4to, 319x235 mm, dark blue morocco handsomely gilt by Chambolle-Duru, spine ends and raised bands scuffed, slight scratch on front cover, cover corners worn; contents clean, with only 2 short clean tears in half-title. Small sheet with inscription ("Donné par Mlle. Virginie de St. Pierre le 12 juin 1819 Deux jours avant Son Mariage") tipped to front flyleaf; bookplates of Clarence S. Bement and Mary S. Collins. wide-margined copy. Paris: P. Didot l'aîné, 1806
first large-format illustrated edition of the author's wildly popular 1788 romance; quarto issue. Toinet 41 ("magnifique édition") and 728; Carteret III, 529 ("superbe ouvrage illustré"); Cohen-de Ricci 933; Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book 74.