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EIGHTEENTH CENTURY EROTICAVOLTAIRE, FRANCOIS MARIE AROUET DE, 1694-1778
LA PUCELLE D'ORLEANS, POEME, DIVISE EN VINGT-UN CHANTS, AVEC LES NOTES DE M.DE MORZA. Nouvelle Edition, Corrigee,......... A Londres 1775
Octavo 19x13 cms, full contemporary light calf gilt, decorated contemporary endpapers, small blemish to the back board. Frontispiece, xv, 447 pages and 21 engraved plates. Complete. Title with decorated borders and text with frame borders. A RARE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY EROTIC BOOK WITH 6 OF THE PLATES BEING "UNCENSORED". Small mark to one plate otherwise a good copy of this scarce edition. Plates attributed to Desrais- see bibliography Cohen, De Ricci 1031.
FINELY BOUND AND EXTRA ILLUSTRATED.VOLTAIRE, FRANCOIS MARIE AROUET DE, 1694-1778.
LA PUCELLE D'ORLEANS, POEM EN VINGT-UN CHANTS; avec les notes et variantes. a Buckingham. no date circa 1790
Octavo 8 3/4 x 6 inches, BEAUTIFULLY LEATHER BOUND in late 19th century green morocco by David, triple gilt fillet to the boards with gilt fleurons at the corners and a richly gilt spine in compartments. Inner dentelles and all edges gilt. 398 pages. ILLUSTRATED WITH 43 PLATES - 21 probably being from the published edition with plates by Desrais and the other 22 being extra illustrations. Plates and text all on eighteenth century laid paper. 22 of the plates are of an EXPLICIT nature and the rest are simply EROTIC (except for the portrait of Voltaire). Some poems finished in period manuscript. A RARE AND EXTRA ILLUSTRATED EDITION IN A FINE BINDING of Voltaire's famous erotic poem. The Maid of Orleans is a heroic poem in fourteen songs by Voltaire, the first authorised edition was published in Geneva in 1762. This work provoked a real scandal at the court of France. It was censored and was a long time part of the Hell of the National Library of France- books contrary to the moral values of France.They were put in a locked section with its own card catalogue and given the name L'Enfer — hell. Many clandestine or unrecognised versions were created in Geneva, Paris, Amsterdam, Louvain, London, and Glasgow.
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