Amours des Dames Illustrés de Notre Siècle.

Amours des Dames Illustrés de Notre Siècle.
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Cologne: Chez Jean le Blanc, 1694. Small 8vo, contemporary gilt-ruled full calf, backstrip gilt-lettered and decorated in gilt between five raised bands. (xii, xi-xii blank), 576 pp. Extra illustrated title-page and eight copper-engraved plates. backstrip tips worn; covers moderately rubbed; discreet gift inscription dated 1932 on front free endpaper; a sturdy copy, and very fresh within. Early edition of this compilation, which seems to have first appeared in 1680 in various editions, then in 1681 and 1685. There were several early 18th-century editions. It contains eleven narratives of the romantic and sexual activities of recent French royalty and nobility, the most important being the Histoire Amoureuse des Gaules, originally published in 1665 and written by Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy (1618-1693) while in exile on his country estates as punishment for having taken part in an orgy of blasphemy and licentiousness during Holy Week, 1659. Bussy's rewards for his efforts included a year in the Bastille and another 17 years of exile from Paris. Other chapters listed in the "Tables des Intrigues Amoureuses Continuës en ce Livre" include "Le Palais Royal, ou les Amours de Madame de la Valiere," "Les Fausses Prudes, ou les Amours de Madame de Brancas, & autres Dames de la Cour," "Le Passe-Temps Royal, ou les Amours de Mademoiselle de Fontange." OCLC notes: “Prose and verse, mostly by Bussy de Rabutin. Some pieces are attributed to G. Sandras de Courtilz, some to C. Blessebois and others.” The illustrated title-page depicts a triumphant Cupid, and the plates depict various loves of Louis XIV. The imprint of this work may be fictional. OCLC lists four copies of the 1680 edition, two copies of this 1694 edition (at the University of Michigan and UC Irvine), and scattered copies of editions from 1700, 1709, & 1737. Brunet, I, cols. 244-245. Graesse, I, p. 108. And see: Brunet, I, cols. 1422-1424, & Graesse, I, pp. 581-582. (Item Id: 5910)

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