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JEAN DANSE MIEUX ...
Jean danse mieux que Pierre, Pierre danse mieux que Jean, ils dansent bien tous deux. Tome premier. (- cinquiéme.)
A Tetonville chez Jean Patinet, 1719.
5 vols ; 16.5 cm. (12º)
I: [10], 287, [1] p., engr. frontis., [1] pl., port.
II: [6], 364 p., engr. frontis.
III: [2], 346 p., engr. frontis.
IV: [2], 312 p., engr. frontis.
V: [2], 340 p., engr. frontis.

Anonymous. A satire on the Jesuits attributed to P.J. Leroux by some authorities; by the British Library to P. Lenoble. The imprint is fictitious; printed in the Netherlands (see E. Weller, Die falschen und fingirten Druckorte, 1864, vol. 2, p. 53). The first two volumes, originally published in 1693, have an additional title-page reading Histoire du Pere La Chaize, jesuite & confesseur du Roi Louis XIV. ..., with imprint 'A Cologne, Chez Pierre Marteau' dated 1719. The fictitious Cologne imprint of Pierre Marteau, also used in the 1693 edition, was probably invented by the Elzeviers in Amsterdam in the 1660s and soon used 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). Volumes III--V have a caption title 'Dialogue Entre Le Pere Bouhours Et Le Pere Menetrier'. The frontispiece is repeated in each volume, and a later state of apparently the same plate was forms the additional engraved title-page of Les Jesuites et moines en belle-humeur, 1725 (q.v.). The portrait of Le Père La Chaise in vol. I is unsigned.

Copy Notes With the spade-shield armorial bookplate of Joshua Smith, Stoke-Parke, motto reading 'Marte Et Ingenio'. The front free-endpaper of vol. I inscribed in ink Ex Libris Bourdillon D.V.M / Londini 1769, and A [over] 5 V:; and in pencil 1-1-. Inscribed in ink on additional title-page of vol. I Seconde Edition. la Premiere / est de 16XCIII.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spines, black morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 3799


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