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The Divine Mistress - Samuel Edwards

Cassell & Co., 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, laminate lifting at the joint of the upper panel. Price Clipped.

The Life of Emilie Du Chatelet, Voltaire's Mistress. From the cover: “Voltaire’s mistress for fourteen years, Émilie du Châtelet became a legend in her time. In this aristocratic woman, Voltaire found his match. At Cirey they renovated her husband’s chateau (with Voltaire’s money), quarrelling violently over the merest detail. With guests or without, they dined when they felt like it, dressed in the height of fashion, by shimmering candlelight. Emilie brought peace and stimulation to Voltaire’s eccentricity, and his writings flourished. “Madame,” wrote Thomas Carlyle, “watched over all his interests and liabilities.” Émilie died in childbirth at the age of forty- three. At her deathbed her husband, her last lover — the child’s father — and Voltaire wept together.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 275 pages.
£21.00