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MONCRIF, François Augustin Paradis de (1687--1770)
Les chats.
A Paris chez Gabriel-François Quillau fils, Imp. Lib. Jur. de l'Université, 1727.
[2], 204, [16] p, [1] fold. geneal. table., [9] engr. plates (2 fold.) : [1] illus. ; 19.4 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By François-Augustin Paradis de Moncrif, secretary to d'Argenson and friend of Voltaire. The first edition of a popular satire tracing the history of cats in the form of letters to a lady of the court, including fragments of imaginary histories, letters, verses and a one-act tragedy with a feline cast. The plates are by Charles-Antoine Coypel; the errata page following end of the Table includes a further illustration of the god Pet 'qu'on avoit oublié de mettre à la page 31'. Woodcut title-page vignette.

Copy Notes Ownership shelf marks in ink inside front free-endpaper. An early French owner has written author's name in ink on title-page, and has written on the rear free-endpaper a page of notes concerning the plate facing p. 104, commenting on the verses on the pedestal which was located in the Hotel Les Diguières in Paris. Front free-endpaper also inscribed in pencil by an English bookseller, possibly Thomas Boone, Collated & Perfect and giving the price -12- for this volume and another work, Bourdon de Sigrais's Histoire des rats, 1737 (q.v.), annotated by the same early French owner, which Soane evidently bought at the same time.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, blind-ruled borders, gilt-panelled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 422


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