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Les filles en cage, ou Déguerpissons! Par un abonné au cachet des maisons de plaisir de la capitale.Paris, Peytieux (colophon: Sétier), 1830. 8vo. With a lithographed title-page with an illustration and a small woodcut decoration on the letterpress title-page. Later black half morocco.
CCfr (3 copies); Gay-Lemonnyer II, 312; WorldCat (1 same copy); not in Sudoc. Very rare first and only(?) edition of a short play, criticizing new regulations issued by the Paris police in 1830 regarding prostitution, specifically the ordinance proclaiming that prostitutes were no longer allowed to go out on the streets at night. The author argues that the new regulations are bad for business, since one does not buy something without having seen it first. The play ends with the ladies of pleasure bidding adieu to France. They will go to a less barbaric country, suggesting America, in the knowledge that they will soon be missed, as France "cannot do without them". Lithographed title-page closely trimmed at the outer margin, some minor foxing, otherwise in very good condition.
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830) [Netherlands]
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