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MERCIER, Louis Sébastien]
Paris in miniature: taken from the French picture at full length, entituled Tableau de Paris. Interspersed with remarks and anecdotes. Together with a preface and a postface. By an English Limner.
London: printed for G. Kearsly, 1782. 8vo., (6) + 170 + (2)pp., including the final advertisement leaf, a very little foxing at beginning and end, well bound in 19th century half calf over marbled boards, skilfully rebacked to match, spine gilt with raised bands and label. A very good copy. First edition in English. A translation by J.P. Macmahon of the French text by Louis Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814), the French dramatist, writer and author of his famous Utopian novel, L'an 2440> (1770). His portrait of pre-Revolutionary Paris is a marvellous collection of observations on Parisian society, both high and low. Mercier's keen observations on his surroundings and the journalistic feel of his writing meant that his work remained riveting despite the nature of its composition. 'There is no better writer to consult if one wants to get some idea of how Paris looked, sounded, smelled, and felt on the eve of the Revolution.' [Robert Darnton, The forbidden best-sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France.> New York, 1996.]. And so, here there are vivid vignettes of such subjects as chimneys, furnished apartments, hackney coaches, police runners, prisons, executioner, retailers of news, coffee houses, filles de joye, marriageable girls, Sundays and holidays, beggars, charitable donations, physicians, theatres, opera girls, &c. &c. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: John Drury Rare Books ABA ILAB [Manningtree, United Kingdom]
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