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KOCK, Charles Paul de.

Monfermel'skaia molochnitsa.

[La laitière de Montfermeil].

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St Ptersburg, Pluchart, 1832

First Russian edition of this popular novel by the favourite author of the 19th-century bourgeoisie.

Charles Paul de Kock (1794-1871) was a prolific French novelist who wrote about 100 titles, many of them depicting the life of lower and middle-class Parisians. Kock's novels were extremely popular both at home and abroad, even though many of his contemporaries as well as later readers admitted that they were 'rather vulgar, but not immoral, demanding no literary training and gratifying no delicate taste' (New International Encyclopedia, 1905).

Kock's novels found considerable success with the Russian bourgeoisie and middle class, who were fascinated with everything French. Belinskiy and Nekrasov wrote multiple reviews of his works; Dostoevskiy mentioned Koch on multiple occasions in his own novels; Varvara Lavretskaya, the main character of the Turgenev's novel Dvorianskoe Gnezdo [The Nest of the Gentry] and a great lover of popular French literature, preferred de Kock to all other writers.

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First Russian edition; small 8vo (16 x 10.5 cm); five parts in 2 vols; all parts with own half-titles and titles; occasional spotting, light marginal waterstain to several ll. in V part. Contemporary brown calf, gilt spines, initials 'A.M.' in gilt to lower spines, gilt edges; upper cover of vol. one partly split, lower spine of vol.II slightly chipped, traces of removed exlibrises on upper pastedowns.


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