18 November 2014
ROUSSEAU, Jean-Baptiste (1671-1741). Epigrammes, ornées de gravures, Représentant les sujets les plus licentieux et les plus libertins. N.p.: n.p., 1791.
Duodecimo (157 x 94 mm). 34 pages. 18 engravings on 9 plates. (Occasional minor spotting and minor browning.) Red morocco by Hardy, signed, spine with raise bands, ruled and lettered directly on the spine (extremities rubbed).
First separate and FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION of Rousseau’s salacious epigrams, mostly on the theme of clerical corruption, with explicit engravings. RARE: WorldCat lists no copy in any institution; not in the Bibliothèque nationale de France or any French libraries on the Catalogue Collectif; AE and ABPC record only one copy at auction: the Nordmann copy (sold, Christie’s Paris, 27 April 2006, lot 361). Not in Pia. Cohen-DeRicci 902; Dutel A-335 ; Gay-Lemonnyer II, 125.
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