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Alain René Le Sage / Dubercelle - Le Diable Boiteux - 1766

Alain René Le Sage / Dubercelle - Le Diable Boiteux - 1766

New edition of Le Diable Boiteux by Le Sage illustrated with 12/12 unsigned figures, tipped-in by Dubercelle. The frontispiece reproduces that of the 1707 edition, it has been re-engraved.

Superb printing of the engravings.

Contemporary binding in full marbled and glazed calfskin, smooth spine adorned with two labels (title and volume number) and a rich compartmentalized gilded decoration. Fine blind-stamped fillet framing the boards, all edges red.

Good copy, beautiful bindings, light damage: fragments missing in the headcap of volume 1 and the tailcap of volume 2. 4 pierced corners, rubbing on the edges. Very small insect holes in the base of the spine. Interior in very good condition in terms of freshness.

It was this work that made Lesage a distinguished and immediately famous writer. The author borrowed the plot from Guevarra, the devil taking a mortal up on the rooftops and observing the scenes within the homes, pretext for many discussions on the mores of Parisians, but it is a completely original book in which the author’s critical spirit excels, since it is a satire of Parisian customs and mores, that naturally goes beyond the Parisian microcosm to reach social and philosophical criticism. This satirical pieces was widely successful up until the late 19th century.

Alain René Le Sage
Le Diable Boiteux
Nouvelle édition, augmentée d' Une Journée des Parques
Paris, Chez Damonneville, 1766
12mo (14.5 x 8.5 cm) ; xii-360 + 224 (1) + p.225-472 (1)

Object Book
Number of Books 3
Subject Humour & caricature, Illustrated, Literature, Satire, Manners, Paris
Author/ Illustrator Alain René Le Sage / Dubercelle
Book Title Le Diable Boiteux
Condition Good
Publication year oldest item 1766
Edition Illustrated Edition
Language French
Original language Yes
Number of pages 472
Dimensions 14.5×8.5 cm
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