LA RHETORIQUE DES PUTAINS, or La Fameuse... - Lot 106 - Gros & Delettrez

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LA RHETORIQUE DES PUTAINS, or La Fameuse... - Lot 106 - Gros & Delettrez
LA RHETORIQUE DES PUTAINS, or La Fameuse Maquerelle. A work imitated from the Italian, decorated with beautiful intaglio figures. A Rome, Aux dépens du Saint Père, 1794. 2 volumes in-12, contemporary marbled calf, framed with a fine gilt roulette on the boards, ornate smooth spines, green morocco title-pieces, chased edges, gilt edges, bookplate. 134 pp, 116 pp, 8 engravings including frontispieces. The one in the first volume depicts a perfectly-membered little lovebird aiming his bow at a woman's sex, with the caption "Vise toujours" ("Always aim"). Second edition. The first edition of the text dates from 1771. It is a supposed imitation of the Rettorica delle putane by the Italian Ferrante Pallavicino, who was beheaded in 1644. It takes the form of a dialogue between three prostitutes who share the tricks they use to achieve their ends. The anonymous author chose this medium to "instruct women in all they need to know to practice well the profession that is so common to them. Happy! if I can obtain that by following my precepts, they will not despise the trade of whore." According to Dutel A-982**, the "strange" figures belong to another book, of which only one copy is known: L'Arétin de la Révolution. Upper hinge of the second volume restored, upper cap of the same volume worn, rubbing to the headpieces, spines and corners. Gay III, 1017. From the library of Gérard Nordmann with his bookplate (Vente II, 458).
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