[Nicolas-Edme RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE]. Le... - Lot 94 - Gros & Delettrez

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[Nicolas-Edme RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE]. Le... - Lot 94 - Gros & Delettrez
[Nicolas-Edme RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE]. Le Thesmographe, ou Idées d'un honnête-homme, sur un projet de règlement, Proposé à toutes les Nations de l'Europe, pour opérer une Réforme générale des Loix ; Avec des notes historiques. A La-Haie, Chés Gosse-Junior & Changuion, Et se trouve à Paris Chés Maradan, 1789. 2 parts in one volume in-8, half flamed basane, smooth spine decorated, red morocco title page (Modern pastiche binding). 590 pp, [1 f.] (catalog). First edition. Restif develops his "dispositions relative aux affaires publiques" and begins by proposing a complete judicial reform. The work, begun in November 1788, was not completed until November 1789, and "events which changed during the writing, necessitated an inconsistency of plan and execution." The volume includes: two comedies, "Le Bouledogue ou le congé" and "L'An deux mille"; a proposed cooperative for the benefit of printing workers; an essay on begging; and a diatribe against the monster Augé, which begins with a dithyrambic praise of the author by himself. Rives Child, p. 313: "This work, which forms the fifth volume of Idées singulières, is much rarer than the four preceding ones. It appeared with an allegorical figure, forming a frontispiece; but this figure, it is not known why, has been suppressed in almost all copies [this is the case in our copy]. Some light foxing, a few passages underlined. Ex-libris Léon Duchesne de La Sicotière. The rarest volume in the Idées singulières series. A good copy.
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