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'La Paysane Pervertie; ou, Les Dangers de la Ville' Pub 1784 Ex Libris: Lady Diana Duff Cooper w/ her Bookplates by Rex Whistler

[RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, NICOLAS.] La Paysane Pervertie; ou, Les Dangers de la Ville. 38 engraved plates after Louis Binet, including additional titles. Half-titles. 8 volumes in 4. 12mo, 1/4 green morocco gilt bound by Riviere & Son, lettered spine compartment of Volumes 2 and 3 slightly gouged, some rubbing on spine ends. The Hague & Paris: veuve Duchesne, 1784 

First edition of the sequel to the author's 1773 Le Paysan Perverti. "Restif's stories claim attention for their realistic depiction of working-class life, if not their melodramatic exposure of the corruption of the aristocracy . . . In the twentieth century Restif's novels have attracted the particular attention of students of sexual mores"--Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book 81. Cohen-de Ricci 872. From the library of Lady Diana Duff Cooper (1892-1986), with her c.1931 bookplates by Rex Whistler.

Sz 6.75"H x 4.25"W x 7/8"D each tome.

Tome I: 344 pp.

Tome II: 220 pp.

Tome III: 320 pp.

Tome IV: 336 pp.


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