Ourika. Claire de KERSAINT DURAS, Duchesse de.


Paris: Chez Ladvocat (1824). 172pp.

Item #4372

This anonymously published novel about a young black African woman and her life in a French household, considered to be the first effort serious effort by a white writer to explore the relationship of blacks and whites. Duras's novel Edouard followed in 1825 and explored similarly unconventional issues of sexuality. The original edition of Ourika appeared in a very small edition of perhaps a dozen copies- this edition appeared the same year. A very good copy contemporary boards, bookplates on front pastedown.

Price: $325.00