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Le Palais-Royal ou les filles en bonne fortune: coup-d'oeil rapide sur le Palais-Royal en général, sur les maisons de jeu, les filles publiques, les tabagies, les marchandes de modes, les ombres chinoises, les traiteurs, les cafés, les cabinets de lecture, les bons mots des filles, leurs termes d'argot, etc.
Paris: Chez l'Ecrivain, Libraire, de l'imprimerie de Hocquet, 1815. Duodecimo (147 x 88 mm). Uncut, recently cased in old blue paper, retaining the contemporary rear wrapper of pink marbled paper. Occasional pencilled underlining and manicules at pertinent passages. Light toning to half-title and final leaf, very faint foxing but generally clean. A very good uncut copy, complete with half-title and folding plate. Engraved folding frontispiece. First edition of this guidebook for the newcomer to the vices of the Palais Royale, a hotbed of gambling and prostitution in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. The book reveals the argot of the Palais and the tricks of the fraudsters and crooks which infest it, and profiles the gambling dens alongside the cafes and tobacconists. The majority of the guide however is concerned with prostitutes, the various types, the brothel madams, and their tricks of soliciting. Little sympathy is extended to the prostitutes themselves, and advice is given to ignore their purported sorry backstories. As often with such guides, to absolve the bookseller and reader, the book is couched in condemnatory tones and finishes with a chapter recommending ways that prostitution can be suppressed. However the folding frontispiece makes no attempt to hide the salacious subject matter or its target audience, depicting four prostitutes, bare-breasted yet otherwise elegantly dressed with elaborate floral hats, being inspected by military officers (one with the aid of the monocle), captioned "Allons, voyons; voulez vous monter?". The guidebook was evidently popular … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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