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    Sale 5315

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Modern First Editions

    13 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 114

    RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, Nicolas-Edme (1734-1806). La paysane pervertie ou les dangers de la ville. The Hague and Paris: veuve Duchesne, 1784. 8 parts in 4 volumes, 12°. Engraved frontispiece in each part and 30 plates after Binet by Berthet, Giraud le jeune and Leroy, a few before letters, a censored copy with overslip titles and half-titles in each part (occasional light spotting). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spines with red and green morocco lettering and numbering pieces (head of spine of vols.I & III slightly chipped).

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    RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, Nicolas-Edme (1734-1806). La paysane pervertie ou les dangers de la ville. The Hague and Paris: veuve Duchesne, 1784. 8 parts in 4 volumes, 12°. Engraved frontispiece in each part and 30 plates after Binet by Berthet, Giraud le jeune and Leroy, a few before letters, a censored copy with overslip titles and half-titles in each part (occasional light spotting). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spines with red and green morocco lettering and numbering pieces (head of spine of vols.I & III slightly chipped).

    An interesting example of a censored copy of Restif's La paysane pervertie with overprinted titles and half-titles bearing the printed legend Les dangers de la ville; ou histoire d'Ursule-R**. In 1780 Restif wrote 'je composais la Paysane pervertie, qui n'est que le complément du Paysan, Ce fut l'ouvrage de trente jours ... Mais, à la deuxième lecture, j'y ajoutais beaucoup de lettres ... La paysane approfondit les caractères qui n'étaient qu'esquissés dans le Paysan: Fauchon, Pierre, Gaudet d'Arras surtout y ont parfaitement achevés'. Cohen-de Ricci 872. Included in the lot is the same author's Les figures du paysan perverti and Les figures de la paysane pervertie, s.n., similarly bound.

    With Thomas Gilbert's Plan for the Better Relief and Employment of the Poor (London, 1781; boards detached). (6)


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