Item #752 Candide, ou l’Optimisme, traduit de l’allemand de Mr. le Docteur Ralph. François Marie Arouet Voltaire.
Candide, ou l’Optimisme, traduit de l’allemand de Mr. le Docteur Ralph

Candide, ou l’Optimisme, traduit de l’allemand de Mr. le Docteur Ralph

Genève (Geneva): Cramer, 1759. First Edition. 1st edition of the great eighteenth century philosophical narrative. Duodecimo, in contemporary French molted calf, gilt ruled, decorated spine, red calf label, marbled endpapers. Rebacked with the original spine partially preserved, recornered, inner hinges skillfully repaired, old ink signatures on the front blanks, signature and pen mark to the title page, tissue repaired tear to the bottom margin of A2 touching the bottom 3 lines of text, this copy is bound without N7-N8 a blank and a notice to the binder (only a few known examples were bound with those pages), else internally clean and over-all good. Good. Item #752

True first edition of, what was once considered very rare, but is less so now that there is a clear and accepted bibliography. There were 18 edition of Candide in 1759, but only four of them have 299 pages (as this copy). The first has the following points: title ornament of fruit and flowers repeated at pages 193 and 266; on page 103, line 4 there is a misprint of “que ce ce fut” (later corrected); page 125, line 4, has “précisément” (corrected in later editions); with revisions on page 3 removing a paragraph break, and on page 41 , where several short sentences about the Lisbon earthquake were rewritten. The first edition does not have cancelled paragraph on page 242 criticizing German poets (beginning “Candide était affligé”) which survives in the London edition.

Over the last decade several first editions that weren’t originally on the small census have come to market, but Candide is still scarce and more so in a contemporary binding.

Bound with Candide, ou l’Otimisme, Seconde Partie (1761), likely written by Henri-Joseph Dulaurens, AND Remercîment de Candide à Mr. de Voltaire (Halle [Schneider], 1760), attributed to Louis-Olivier de Marconnay. Neither title is rare or significant, but it is not common to see separate editions bound with a first edition of Candide (they were often printed following in some later editions of Candide).

Price: $19,300.00