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(MIRABEAU, - Errotika biblion.

Rome [?Paris, Neuchâtel], l'Imprimerie du Vatican, 1783. 8vo. W. woodc. vignet on pr. title, some simple woodc. head-pieces. Nice 19th cent. polished hlf .clf., spine in 6 compartments w. gilt floral ornaments. [n2, A-M8]. (IV, 192 pp.). (Top edge gilt.). (Very nice marbled endp.). (Overall some light foxing.). (a few lvs. w. some brown spots.). Rare first ed.: Mirabeau, french revolutionary, offers us here 10 philosophical reflections on the (erotic) mores and customs of ancient times as opposed to those of modern man [i.e. French 18th c.]. One of the most important aspects in the background of these reflections is of course man's curtailed sense of liberty and freedom to act, over the course of hundreds of years. A link with the Revolutionary Movement may well be surmised. Brunet vol. VI (Table), 18010: Barbier II, 172: Hain-Got. vol. IV, 549: Very good copy of this rare booklet. Not many have appeared at auction in the last few decades. A pirated edition Rome 1783 exists, but collates IV, 188 pp. only; a further edition appeared in 1792 and an annotated version in 1833 Brussels.; Weller, 220: Gay, vol. II, 150: Englisch, comp. 460: Kearney, Erotic literature, p. 80: Kearney, Private case 1190:Famous work printed many times. The book was written in prison and '... machte zweifellos nicht nur der Belesenheit und dem Scharfsinn Mirabeaus, sondern auch der Elastizität seines Geistes alle Ehre' [Hain-G]: According to Englisch the first edition exists in three variants. Kearney informs us that the book was written while de Mirabeau was imprisoned in the Castle of Vincennes and that it was attacked with vigour by the authorities, leaving only 14 copies extinct, a figure which (judging by the number of copies offered through the internet) seems quite unlikely. It is said that the entire print run was confiscated by the police in 1796 and destroyed. (This may concern the edition 1792, the year in which the publication was officially put on the index librorum prohibitorum). 'A further edition was ordered to be destroyed in 1826 by the Royal Court of Paris, and for "outrages against public morality and good manners" there were two other prosecutions in, 1856 and 1868' [Kearney]:
EUR 950.00 [Appr.: US$ 1008.69 | £UK 811.75 | JP¥ 155677] Book number 7739

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