Paris: Chez Ladvocat (1824). 172pp 2nd ed.
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 in the original wrappers, with light loss at corners and at head of spine, signature on title page, occasional light spotting, front cover a little worn and marked Uncommon in the original buff wrappers. See also Latouche, Olivier (below).