Paris: D. Eymery, 1842. Second Edition. 10mo., 368,  pages; VG; 1/4 bound in green leather, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering to spine; moderate rubbing and wear to boards; marbled endpapers with matching textblock; mild foxing throughout; bookplate for Mme. Desrayaux on front pastedown; with frontispiece, title page vignette, and four full-page plates, all beautifully hand-colored; text in French; shelved case 10.
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Alexis Eymery ( Saintes , February 26 , 1774 - Neuilly-sur-Seine , May 1 , 1854 ), was a French publisher and printer, one of the leading publishers of 19th century educational books. Eymery is the author of plays as well as many religious or moralizing works for youth published under different pseudonyms.;
In 1840 Katherine Nelson Desrayaux and her husband, Adrien Benoit Joseph Desrayaux, took over the “Young Ladies Institute” on Rampart Street, at the corner of Bienville. Mr. Desrayaux taught French, while Mrs. Desrayaux undertook the “general direction and superintendence” of the school.
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