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Luxembourg aparu a Louis XIV. La veille des rois sur le rapport du P. La Chaise, fait a la S. Societé.
A Cologne chez Pierre Marteau, 1695.
48 p. : engr. frontis. ; 13.6 cm. (12º)

Anonymous. Woodcut armillary sphere title-page. The imprint is fictitious; possibly printed by Elzevier. A political satire in the form of a dialogue between Louis XIV and his confessor, the Jesuit François de la Chaise. Includes 'Metamorphose De Louis XIV. En Corbeau. Conference Comique entre Pythagore & Momus.' (pp. 32--48). An expanded edition appeared in 1718 under the same imprint. The fictitious Cologne imprint of Pierre Marteau (or Pierre de Marteau) was probably invented by the Elzeviers in Amsterdam in the 1660s, and soon began to be used by other publishers and printers in the Netherlands, France and Germany to evade censorship of political satires, pirated editions and sexually explicit works, into the final decades of the eighteenth century. See L. Janmart de Brouillant, La liberté de la presse in France aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles: histoire de Pierre du Marteau, imprimeur à Cologne (Paris 1888; reprinted Geneva: Slatkine, 1971), p. 102.

Copy Notes Verso of first front free-endpaper inscribed in pencil with price -2-6. Booksellers' cyphers in ink and pencil on rear free-endpaper.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, blind double-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine with armorial (two lions passant), red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 973


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