Les Princesses Malabares, ou le Célibat Philosophique. Ouvrage interessant & curieux, avec des Notes Historiques & Critiques. Louis Pierre de LONGUE.
Les Princesses Malabares, ou le Célibat Philosophique. Ouvrage interessant & curieux, avec des Notes Historiques & Critiques.

Les Princesses Malabares, ou le Célibat Philosophique…
Les Princesses Malabares, ou le Célibat Philosophique. Ouvrage interessant & curieux, avec des Notes Historiques & Critiques.

'Andrinople: chez Thomas Franco" 1734.

Duodecimo, old quarter calf.

First edition of this allegorical satire on French society, an orientalist fantasy with Malabar princesses and many of the usual props including sultans and harems. Its author is believed to have been de Longue, an obscure writer who does not make an appearance in Nouvelle Biographie Générale, but it has also been attributed variously to the abbé Lenglet Dufresnoy, and to one Quesnel, who is mentioned in the preface, and who died in the Bastille.

First edition of this allegorical satire on French society, an orientalist fantasy with Malabar princesses and many of the usual props including sultans and harems. Its author is believed to have been de Longue, an obscure writer who does not make an appearance in Nouvelle Biographie Générale, but it has also been attributed variously to the abbé Lenglet Dufresnoy, and to one Quesnel, who is mentioned in the preface, and who died in the Bastille.

This is an odd book, its most curious feature the use of the anagram. Most of the satire remains allegorical (rather than directed at individuals or institutions): thus for example there are critiques of 'Raison' and 'Religion,' but they become 'Rasoni' and 'Roligine.' The subterfuge may seem redundant when the satire is of a concept, but anyway these rather blatant anagrams are explained in a key at the end of the book. Nonetheless, this enigmatic style did not save the book from the fire: its allegorical satire on French society together with its alleged atheism, meant that it was condemned to be burnt by an arrêt du Parlement in 1734, which adds to its rarity.

Barbier, III, p. 1026.

Condition Report: Title page slightly damaged at inner margin; a few stains but a good copy.

Price (AUD): $885.00

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Ref: #3005427

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