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ELLIOTT, Marie. La petite entremetteuse;* ou, une faute conduit a plusieurs...*the little meddler.

Londres [i.e. London]. Chez William Darton, 1829. First edition in French.
12mo. 36pp. With a folding engraved frontispiece and two further engraved plates. Original publisher's printed light blue stiff paper wrappers. Marked, lightly rubbed and creased. Internally clean and crisp.
The first edition in French of prolific Darton author Mary Elliott's (née Belson) (c.1794-1870) The Little Meddler, the tale of a young girl unable to refrain from interfering in other people's affairs. In the course of the narrative, she spoils her brother's paintings, causes her sister's party dress to be made a misfit, and allows the family rabbit to escape and be killed by a dog. Only when she maliciously frees a parrot, which subsequently bites her, does she resolve to break her meddling habits. The moral is vague, but the conclusion true to life.

OCLC records copies at five locations (Harvard, Indiana, Oxford, Princeton, and Toronto); COPAC adds no further.
Darton H485. Moon, The children's books of Mary (Belson) Elliot, 445.
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 21697