Paris: Chez Ladvocat (1825). 2vols. 238pp and 225pp. 2nd ed.
One of two important novels published by Duras during her lifetime (the other being Ourika) both of which deal with controversial subjects of marginalized characters and the social pressures which subvert romantic relationships. In Edouard, the story revolves around the son of a worker adopted by a nobleman who falls in love with his adopted sister. Edouard, understanding the impossibility of the misalliance joins the army and seeks death as a solider rather than pursuing the ill-faited romance. Two volumes, each bound in contemporary paper boards and leather spines, adverts at end of second volume, some light rubbing and wear to covers, occasional light spotting. The first edition was issued in a very small edition of 100 copies; this edition is the first edition in commerce.