Place and Imprint: Paris: Eugene Renduel, Editeur-Libraire, 1829-31.
Edition: Second edition of volume one, published the same year as the first; first edition of volume two.
Condition: Spines a little faded and slightly smudged; some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 28462
Physical Description2 vols, 8vo, 20th century tan quarter calf (signed Kering & Muller on the spine of volume one), marbled paper boards, spines with handsome gilt floral decorations and lettering, marbled edges. Frontis portrait. With half-titles.
CommentsAn early and scarce work by Paul Lacroix (1806-84), French antiquary, bibliographer, editor and author of novels and short tales, who often wrote under the pseudonym "Bibliophile Jacob," this being one of the earliest, if not the earliest example of his use of that nom de plume. Soirées de Walter Scott is a collection of French historical tales, inspired by a visit Scott made to Paris in 1826, during which Scott and Lacroix met, probably at a soirée at Princess Galitzin's, where James Fenimore Cooper was also in attendance. In the first volume Lacroix pays homage to Scott and describes their encounter. The second volume, published two years after the first, begins with a "Lettre du Bibliophile Jacob a L'Auteur de Waverley."