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BALZAC (Honoré de).

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Physiology of marriage or Meditations of eclectic philosophy, on conjugal happiness and unhappiness. Paris, Levavasseur, LibraireÉditeur, 1830. 2 volumes in-8°, speckled calf, gilt fillet and fine serrated roulettes framing the boards, smooth spine decorated, green morocco title-pieces, combed edges (period binding). ORIGINAL EDITION. In volume II, pp. 207 to 210 are occupied by a typographical mystification intended by Balzac. A warning placed in the errata advises the following: "To understand the meaning of these pages, an honest reader must reread the main passages several times; for the author has put all his thought into them." From the library of Count Le Gonidec de Penlan, at the Château du Tertre, Falaise, with a wet-stamped bookplate on the title page and at the foot of the title of both volumes. Some foxing. Carteret, I, 58.

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