L’Amant Salamandre, ou Les Aventures de l’Infortunée Julie,Histoire Veritable, anonymous [Cointreau] , (“Londres, Et se trouve à Paris. Chez Duchesne” 1756, [first edition])
4″x6.75″, in two parts, 132pp, 135pp, Contemporary mottled calf, gilt decorations on spine, marbled boards, in good condition for age, some splitting at spine, but binding good.
Julie is the bizarre tale of a young orphan tricked by her wicked governess into believing in magic. The governess delivers the girl to her son, who attempts to seduce her disguised as Salamandre, a magician. The young girl escapes to a convent, only to cross paths with the governess some time later, who once again tries to procure her for her son. ‘Salamandre’ is attacked by assassins and confesses his mother’s crimes on his death bed. The novel was very popular in it’s day. Although very popular in it’s day, it’s a rare find, especially the original 1756 version.