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LEPAGE, Charles].
Dictionnaire anecdotique des nymphes du Palais-Royal et autres quartiers de Paris, par un homme de bien
Paris, chez les marchands de nouveautés, 1826. [with four other works – see below.]. 32mo, pp. 127, [1], with four pages of terminal advertisements; slightly toned, paper flaw to foot of 3.1, touching one word; else a very good copy, bound with four other works in contemporary half calf and speckled boards, discreetly lettered 'Biographies' to spine.First edition, extremely rare, of this alphabetical guide to the prostitutes of Paris, from Adélaide to Zoë B., giving their nicknames ('little dog', 'the beast', 'the German'), locations and brief sketches of their appearance, character, and sometimes their motivations and history. Most copies were destroyed by the author after a court case in December 1826.Fanchette G., has twenty years' experience, but 'drink and libertinism have in the end exhausted her'; Marguerite G. is a country girl, 'and if nature has served her ill in terms of beauty, it has made up for it with a helping of skilfulness and a wicked streak'; while Zelima 'merits much praise; one would say that she was very faithful, if that were possible for a prostitute; she loves a lemonade vendor ' Prostitution, 'as much a part of Parisian history as Notre Dame, and as important' (Dailey), had boomed since the 1790s. From 1823 brothels had been licensed and regulated, but at the same time repressive censorship laws were coming in, and in December 1826 a case was brought against the author Lepage, as well as the printer, the publisher and three booksellers. The adroit defence was that a guide to prostitutes could hardly be less legal than prostitution itself, and inde … [Click Below for Full Description]
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