Lot n° 43
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[BOYER D'ARGENS, Jean-Baptiste ?].
Thérèse philosopher, or memoirs to serve the history of D. Dirrag, and Miss Eradice. New edition, with more figures added. London[=The Hague ?], 1793. 2 volumes in 1 volume in-12 (132 x 78 mm) of 154 pp., 9 engraved plates for volume I; 77 pp., 11 engravings for volume II; marbled pastiche calf, gold edges (19th century binding).
See Gay-Lemonnyer, III, 1211-1213 and Cohen-de Ricci, 735, for other editions.
Probably a counterfeit of the London edition (= Paris at Cazin's) of 1785 that Cohen considered to be "the most beautiful edition". It is also decorated with 20 unsigned figures (probably from Borel). The title of Volume II reads: Thérèse Philosophe, with the story of Mrs.
Thérèse Philosophe reports the relationship between a minor girl Marie-Catherine Cadière and Jean-Baptiste Girard, an old priest almost thirty years his senior. The novel drew attention to the sexual repression of women at that time and the exploitation of sexuality by religious authority. Despite the depravity it depicts, this work contains some ideas of the Enlightenment philosophers and discussions between the characters on philosophical issues alternate with the most obscene passages of the novel.
Some tasks, volume I pp. 45/46 with lack of white margin close to the text and pp. 149/150 with reinforced external margin.
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