Second edition of Charlemagne ou La Caroléide, an Epic Poem in Twenty-Four Songs by Vicomte D’Arlincourt, printed entirely in French. Illustrated by Horace Vernet.
Octavo, [two volumes], xxv, 279pp; 274pp, . Full leather binding, gilt-ruled boards, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. Title in gilt on black morocco label affixed to spines. Marbled endpapers. Stated “Seconde Edition” on title page. Solid text blocks, bumped corners, light wear to leather along spines. Foxing along edges of leaves to both volumes, text remains clean. Frontispieces in each volume. Includes a fold-out map at rear of Volume II depicting the setting of the poems within the books.
Charlemagne ou La Caroléide by Charles-Victor Prévot, vicomte d’Arlincourt, was the first published work of d’Arlincourt, but it failed to gain him the celebrity he craved. He followed up with Le Solitaire (1821), his most notable work, and three subsequent novels: Le Renégat (1822), Ipsiboé (1823), and L’Étrangère in 1825.