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Promenades de Monsieur de Clairenville. Où l'on trouve une vive peinture des Passions des hommes, avec des Histoires curieuses & véritables sur chaque sujet. Par Mr. D***.
A Cologne. 1755. Third Edition. 12mo, (162 x 93 mm), pp. [iv], 362, [3] table of contents, A delightful anonymous work in which narratives and philosophical digression are happily mixed. Consisting of a total of eight 'Promenades', each of which is loosely intended to elucidate one aspect of human passion. In the author's brief introduction, he laments that the only explanation for the prevailing morality and behaviour is that men have become children. 'La plûpart des hommes ont aujourd'hui abandonné les lectures sérieuses & instructives, parce que l'application qu'elles demandent, se trouve absolument incompatible, avec l'esprit de volupté qui les domine' (Préface de l'Auteur, p. iii). In the first Promenade, Monsieur de Clairenville meets a knight of Malta and falls into conversation with him. The knight tells him of his aventures, including the tragic story of the beautiful Sophie. The second Promenade, subtitled 'Sur les Passions', contains an essay on the education of youth and a tale about a young Paris lawyer. The third Promenade, 'Sur l'Usage des Passions', includes a prayer to Saint Christopher, a discussion of Jesuits and monks and a section on Reason. The fourth is 'Sur l'Amour', with reflections and a story of a young lady who could not cure herself of this malady. The fifth, 'Sur la Colère', gives the history of Leonore and Olympia. The sixth Promenade provides a discussion of Avarice, with a strange miscellany of reflections on France, trade in Mississippi and John Law, concluding with 'Histoire curieuse d'un Avare, qui avoit beaucoup gagné au Mississipi'. Sev … [Click Below for Full Description]
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