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Extremely rare first edition of one of the most important French erotic novels of the 18th century. Fine copy, complete with both frontispieces and extra-illustrated with 8 etched plates on chine paper. These illustrations relate to the text and were presumably executed for a somewhat later edition. The elegant Jansenist binding is signed by Thierry as successor to the Petit-Simier atelier. Probably from the collection of Frederick Hankey (d. Paris 1882), whose memoir was written by H.S. Ashbee.