Paris: De L'Imprimerie de Crapelet, 1822. Six volumes. Large octavo (253 x 160 mm). 19th century three-quarter brown straight- grain morocco, gilt extra, and pastepaper boards. Portrait (engraved by Tardiue after Rigaud). Plates (see below). Extremities rubbed (but generally sound, except for signs of repair), occasional foxing to a few plates, but a very good set. Item #WRCLIT75273
First this edition, this being copy #70 of 80 numbered copies printed on grand raisin vélin. This set has been extra-illustrated with eleven inserted or mounted plates engraved by various hands after drawings by Moreau le Jeune and Clement Marillier, originally prepared for the edition of 1789- 90. In addition, bound into volumes II-IV are a total of eight original pen, ink and wash drawings attributed to Achille Devéria (1800 - 1857), ca 75 x 55 mm. plus margins, each accompanied by an example of the engraving based on the drawing, engraved by Pouvoyeur, Massard and others. The drawings are captioned in pencil and dated, generally 1821. OCLC/ Worldcat locates examples of four engravings by the Massards after Devéria's illustrations for Regnard. VICAIRE VI:6995. BENEZIT IV:838.