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|Auteur:||Germain-François Poullain de Saint-Foix|
|Boektitel:||Œuvres de théâtre|
Germain-François Poullain de Saint-Foix – Œuvres de théâtre – New edition, revised, corrected & increased with several comedies – In Paris, at Charpentier, 1763 – (4) ff, 382 pp, 328 pp, (1) ff, 285 pp, (1) ff, 285 pp (1) ff, 275 pp – full marbled calf of the time – duodecimo – 10.5 x 17 cm.
Condition: Crowns, joints in good condition, 1 dented corner, strong hinges, smooth spine adorned with golden fleurons and title and volume number labels, rare foxing, some slightly brown leaves, lack of paper in the margin of two leaves, marbled edges, headbands and initials. Complete in 4 volumes.
Nice copy of this unusual book.
Germain-François Poullain de Saint-Foix, born February 5, 1698, Rennes and died on 25 August 1776 is a writer and French dramatist of the eighteenth century.
Poullain served up to thirty-six years in the Musketeers, distinguished himself in Guastalla in 1734, then he left the army and bought a load of waters and forests in Rennes.
In 1721, he had published a first comedy, Pandora. In 1740, he decided to devote himself to letters and moved to Paris where he became a fashionable author. He wrote 20 comedies, all nice and bland.
A quarrelsome character, Poullain de Saint-Foix is also known for his repartees and duels as for his literary productions. So one day, at the Café Procope, a guard of the King entered and asked for a cup of coffee with milk and a little bread. Saint-Foix exclaimed: ‘This is a bloody dinner!’, and repeated it several times, so that the guard ends up angry and provokes him in a duel. They fought, Saint-Foix was injured and made this comment: ‘If you had killed me, you would have not had a bad dinner.’
He had another adventure, this time the laughs were not on the side of the swordsman: one day he quarrelled with a provincial he knew not, at the foyer of the Opera, Saint-Foix assigned an appointment. ‘When you're dealing with me, said the provincial, you just find me: this is my custom.’ The next day, Saint-Foix presents himself to the stranger, who invited him to lunch. ‘-Good question this. Let's get out! -I never leave without having lunch: it's my custom. ‘ The unknown, always accompanied by Saint-Foix, enters a café, plays a game of chess and goes to take a walk in the Tuileries, repeating every thing: it is my custom. Finally, out of patience, Saint-Foix offers to go to the Champs-Elysées. ‘- For what? -Nice demand! to fight. -Fight! cried the other. are you thinking of it, Sir? Suitable for a Treasurer of France, a magistrate, to put the sword in hand? We would look like fools! ‘ The adventure was told all over the city.
In one of the rehearsals of the Oracle, the actress mademoiselle Lamotte playing the fairy in the tone of a fishseller, the author snatched the wand she held in the hand, and said: ‘I need a fairy and not a witch.’ The actress wanted to insist and shout, but Saint-Foix replied: ‘You don't have a voice here: we are at the theatre and not the Sabbath.’
In 1764, he was appointed historiographer of the order of the Holy Spirit. He is the brother of the jurist Auguste-Marie Poullain-Duparc.
|Lid sinds:||12 juni 2013|
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