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LES JESUITES ...
Les Jesuites de la maison professe de Paris, en belle humeur.
A Cologne chez Pierre Marteau, 1725.
[10], 207, [3]; [6], 213--446 p., [2] add. engr. t.-pl. ; 13.5 cm. (12º)

A satirical compilation attacking the Jesuits, having continuous register and pagination, a general half-title reading 'Les Jesuites Et Moines En Belle-Humeur.', and an additional engraved title reading 'les Jesuites et Moines en belle humeur'. The imprint is false; probably printed in the Netherlands. The fictitious Cologne imprint of Pierre Marteau (or Pierre de Marteau), probably invented by the Elzeviers in Amsterdam in the 1660s, was soon adopted by other publishers and printers in the Netherlands, France and Germany to evade censorship of political satires, pirated editions and sexually explicit works. (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). The first piece (pp. [1]--207) has caption and running title 'Les Jesuites En Belle Humeur'; it is followed by a blank leaf and three pieces collected under a second half-title and title-page with woodcut armillary sphere device reading 'Les Moines En Belle Humeur.', and the additional engraved title-page as above, as follows: a letter 'Aux Moines', pp. [211]--247, previously published as De la vie des moines, 1676; a verse 'Satyre' commencing 'Les Petits augustins du faux bourg Saint Germain ...', pp. 248--265; and 'Les Moines en belle humeur. Dialogue', pp. [259]--446, with special half-title, previously published separately as Le moine sécularisé, 1675, and attributed by Barbier to an ecclesiastic of Lyon by the name of Dupré, who is identified by R. Netz with the Lyon pamphleteer Jean Chastain, with the collaboration of Vincent Minutoli. See Bibliothèque nationale with reference to research by Jacob Constant de Rebecque in his Moine sécularisé" identifié, in Revue historique vaudoise, 1988, p. 121--129 where the various contributors concerned have been identified as far as possible. The engraved title depicting a musical scene captioned 'Mon Pere mettez votre Instrument entre mes jambes' is apparently a later state of a plate previously used in a five-volume satirical collection published in 1719 under the title Jean danse mieux que Pierre, Pierre danse mieux que Jean, ils dansent bien tous deux with the false imprint 'A Tetonville Chez Jean Patinet' (q.v.).

Copy Notes Bought from W. Boone for 10s. 6d., 2 January 1822. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.11). Inscribed in pencil on recto of second free-endpaper 10/6 with bookseller's codes on the facing leaf.

Binding C18th French goatskin, gilt French fillet borders with small floral corner tool; gilt-tooled spine with central rose motif and roll-tool of fleur-de-lys and strawberry leaves, red morocco spine-label; marbled endpapers, gilt and marbled fore-edges.

Reference Number 3815


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