A collection of three revolutionary pamphlets, illustrated with engravings of the period, including the famous "Parc au Cerfs" against Louis XV and the Marquise de Pompadour
with considerations on the financial cost of the debauchery of the Ancien Régime.
Preceded by the rare pamphlet by JP*** against Louis V. Joseph de Bourbon-Condé (1740-1818), one of the first princes to emigrate: " En deux mots voici mon histoire: Sot, ignare, j'aime l'argent ..." see the caption of the portrait.
Followed by the famous pamphlet against the Countess Du Barry and the regime of Louis XV, anonymous, attributed to Pidansat de Mairobert (Barbier). It is also attributed to Théveneau de Morande (Quérard): an archetypal
anti-absolutist libel based on popular fantasies, it propagates the image
of a despotism associated with corruption and decadence. It contains salacious anecdotes
about the Countess Du Barry, whom he describes as a madam, and the king, who is presented as an
old satyr. It was one of the best-selling covert books of the period.
Complete of the portrait showing a more than slightly revealing décolletage.
1. [Anonymous JP****] Vie politique et privée de Louis-Joseph de Condé, prince de Sang. A Chantilly, et se trouve à Paris, chez les Marchands de Nouveautés, 1790. Octavo, 80 pp., Complet of the portrait.
Light water stains on the edge of the portrait and on some leaves, insignificant signs of handling, lightly browned paper.
2. [Anonymous] Le Parc au cerf, ou l'Origine de l'affreux deficit. Par un zélé patriote [i.e. Louis G. Bourdon] A Paris, l'An deuxième de la liberté, 1790 - 187 pages.
Complete with the superb frontispiece and the portrait of the Duchess of Châteauroux, the portrait
of Mme de Pompadour is missing.
The frontispiece is pierced over about 1 cm. Some light signs of moisture in the margins of some leaves but not affecting the text.
3. [Pidansat de Mairobert (Mathieu-François)]
Vie de Madame la comtesse du Barry, suivie de ses correspondances épistolaires, et de ses intrigues galantes et politiques.
S.l., Imprimerie de la Cour, 1790, octavo, vj pp., pp. 7-95, with a engraved frontispiece portrait, detached.
This is a new and slightly revised edition of the "Anecdotes de Mme Du Barry", published from 1776 onwards.
Some light signs of moisture in the margins of some leaves but not affecting the text.
Period full calfskin binding. Significant restoration on the spine.
A sound volume.
Le Parc au Cerf: a famous anonymous anti-monarchical publication, attributed to Louis Gabriel Bourdon, was published
in three editions, all dated 1790, with minor variations. Here, with the mention “Seconde
édition revue, corrigée et considérablement augmentée / A Paris l'an deuxième de la
liberté”. The first was published on the same date and bears the mention "A Paris Sur les débris de
la Bastille”. The first edition also includes a rare loose plate depicting the
banker Peixotte with Mlle Dervieux which is often missing: this plate - according to Cohen - "has
been removed from most copies. The Parc aux cerfs was a district of the Château de Versailles where, according to popular legend,
the Marquise de Pompadour kept young women to satisfy King Louis' sexual appetite.
XV. Over time, the expression Parc-aux-cerfs has become a synonym for brothel. Anti-royalist propaganda
used this popular rumour to portray Louis XV as a depraved ruler,
and this work is a prime example.
- Number of Books
- Bindings, History, Literature
- Author/ Illustrator
- Pidanzat de Mairobert / Bourdon
- Book Title
- Le Parc au cerf, / Vie politique et privée de Louis-Joseph de Condé / Comtesse du Barry
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 19×13 cm