18 November 2014
Amours, galanteries, intrigues, Ruses et crimes des Capucins et des religieuses, depuis les temps les plus reculés. Amsterdam and Paris [but Brussels]: [A. Christiaens,] 1788 [but. c.1866-1869].
Four volumes in two, duodecimo (150 x 101 mm). 20 tinted lithographs, hand-coloured and finished with gum arabic. (Occasional minor soiling.) Contemporary red half morocco, one printed wrapper preserved, covers ruled in gilt, spines in compartments with raised bands, gilt ruled and centred with fleurons in gilt, gilt edges, marbled endpapers (extremities lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. An attractively illustrated and extensive compilation of debauchery and biblical encounters in the religious orders. AE and ABPC record no copy at auction; WorldCat locates just one complete copy, in the British Library; the defective copy in the Bibliothèque nationale de France lacks one volume and four plates. Dutel A-70.
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