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BOURDON DE SIGRAIS, Claude Guillaume (1712?--1791)
Histoire des rats, pour servir à l'histoire universelle.
A Ratopolis [i.e. Paris?]: 1737.
[4], xvi, 140, [14] p., [2] pl. ; 19.1 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Barbier gives C.G. Bourdon de Sigrais as the author. A light-hearted satire about rats, written as a reaction to Moncrif's Les chats, 1727 (q.v.). The plates are engraved by T. Otten. The woodcut title-vignette shows rats in a library reading a book on a cushion. Title-page printed in red and black.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting a plate. Recto of front free-endpaper has MS. commentary in ink by an early French owner giving a brief account of the author and some critical comments on the work (referring to the 'Histoire des Chats' de Moncrif) and the author's style. The facing page inscribed in pencil by an English bookseller, possibly Thomas Boone, Collated & Perfect. Soane evidently bought this book at the same time as the copy of Moncrif's book on cats (q.v.), which is annotated by the same early French owner and gives the price -12- for the two volumes.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine with floral motif, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 3693


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