[CRÉBILLON FILS (Cl.-Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, dit)].

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[CRÉBILLON FILS (Cl.-Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, dit)].
The Night and the Moment; or The Mornings of Kythera. Dialogue. London, 1755. In-12 (145 x 81 mm) from 2 ff.n.ch., 291 pp.; marbled calf, spine ribbed, red edges (contemporary binding). Original edition of one of the masterpieces of libertine literature. La Nuit et le moment is the fruit of nearly 20 years of work that Crébillon (1707-1777) published in 1755. "One evening, the amiable Clitandre slips into bed with the beautiful Cidalise, who does not say absolutely no. She doesn't say yes either, but she wants to be talked to, and Clitandre, multiplying her outreach work, tells her about his recent exploits: how he seduced the cold and beautiful Célimène, the big Aramine, Julie, the intrepid physicist, Lucinde the dizzy, the tender Aspasie and the nonchalant Bélise. Six stories where only the manner counts: seduce without saying the word love, provoke pleasure and betrayal at the same time. Cidalise laughs at it, but wouldn't she be the seventh? In 1755, Crébillon Jr. decided to publish La Nuit et le Moment, which he had been working on for nearly twenty years. According to Grimm, he himself judged that this dialogue was the "best thing he had done in his life", and of all his works, indeed, it is undoubtedly the one that best illustrates his enigmatic genius" (Babelio). Gay-Lemonnyer mentions 6 plates, which are missing here and which are also not present in the digitized copy on the Gallica website. Beautifully restored copy, headdress and corners. Gay-Lemonnyer, III, 428-429; Pia and Nordmann are missing.
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