Paris, Chez Janet [et] Hubert, / 1651-1657.
Octavo, three parts bound in two volumes, viii, 277 and viii, 252, [4, blank], xiv, 196 pages plus a frontispiece portrait and 15 full-page copper engravings.
Early gilt-decorated polished speckled calf with contrasting labels on the spines; boards slightly bowed and a little rubbed at the extremities; small ownership stamp; minimal light foxing (mainly to the plates); an excellent set.
Drawing on the picaresque tradition of Rabelais and Cervantes, this work is among the first French novels. Scarron charts the adventures of a troupe of wandering actors, mixing incisive social commentary with bawdy humour.