18 November 2014
PIRON, Alexis (1689-1773). Oeuvres badines. Paris: Chez les Marchands de Nouveautés, 1797.
Small octavo (100 x 60 mm). 8 hand-coloured engraved plates. (Half-title perhaps supplied, occasional minor spotting.) 20th-century green leather, burgundy spine label titled in gilt.
AN EARLY EDITION OF PIRON, WITH THE PLATES FINELY COLOURED IN GOUACHES. This edition, published the year after the first, not in the Bibliothèque nationale de France; AE and ABPC record no copy at auction. Piron's salacious verses were enormously popular, with twenty editions issued in the 19th century alone. The work was often prosecuted, and copies seized and destroyed; as a result early editions are notably rare. Dutel A-775.
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