L'Ami des Enfans
L'Ami des Enfans


L'Ami des Enfans


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Arnaud Berquin (1747-1791) was a French children's author. This is his most famous work, first published 1782-3. It was also translated into English, albeit bowdlerised, by Mary Stockdale and published in London in 1783-4 by Mary's father John Stockdale. The work remained popular until the middle of the nineteenth century. Berquin's stories consisted of events that might happen to children in their everyday lives - they did not contain fairy tales or other imaginative literature. His books envision childhood reading as a familial exercise; for example, some of his "stories" are actually plays with parts for every member of the family.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: J. Stockdale et al
  • Edition: Nouvelle edition
  • Date Published: 1794
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    4 vols.: Vol. 1: iv, 207; Vol. 2: 206; Vol. 3: 235 + ads; Vol. 4: 212 + ads. 18 cm. Full leather with gold impressing on spines. Some scratches, worn corners. Most boards loosening but attached. Bookplates for "Francis Enys, Truro, Cornwall" on front pastedowns. Volume 1 has slightly chipped spine tail and volume 4 slightly chipped at head. Pencil notes rear pastedown of volume 1. Volume 3 has worm holes inside front board and first few pages. All pages bright and clean. French text.

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