Item #3005427 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. 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.

Censored and burnt by Parliament

First edition, a rare satire set in the Indies.

First edition, a rare satire set in the Indies.

Full of dense, enigmatic and largely anti-religious ideas, the orientalist setting of the work relies heavily on both the East Indies (the Malabar of the title) but also the Middle East. The book is unquestionably odd, not least the author's use of the anagram: there are, for example, critiques of 'Raison' and 'Religion,' but they here become 'Rasoni' and 'Roligine.' Clearly the author had no intention of being misunderstood, as even these rather blatant anagrams are further explained in a key at the end of the book. Perhaps the transparency of these anagrams was the book's undoing as much as the patently fake imprint (Andrinopole – now Edirne – is in Turkey): it was condemned to be burnt by an arrêt du Parlement in 1734, which does add to its rarity.

Attributed variously to the abbé Lenglet Dufresnoy, and to one Quesnel, who is mentioned in the preface, and who died in the Bastille, the author is actually considered to have been Louis Pierre de Longue, a now rather obscure dramatist and man-of-letters.

Barbier, III, p. 1026; not in Gove.

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

Price (AUD): $885.00

US$570.53   Other currencies

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