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Le Roué Vertueux. Poëme en Prose en Quatre Chants, Propre à Faire, en Cas de Besoin, un Drame à Jouer Deux Fois par Semaine. A Lauzanne
[4], 52, 16 pp. volume of four typographically innovative songs by the comic writer, preceded by an introduction and followed by "Lettre d'un Jeune Metaphysicien, a une Jeune Dame". Illustrated with four aquatints by Jean-Baptiste Le Prince. Minor pencil notations to inside front cover and endpaper, ink notation to title page. 8vo. Full calf. Minor rubbing to extremities. N.p. (Paris) (Claude-Antoine Jombert) 1770. This work was composed in 1770 by Coqueley de Chaussepierre as a comic parody of the play "L'Honnête criminel, ou l'amour filial" by Charles-Georges Fenouillot de Falbaire. Composed exclusively of pieces of sentences, punctuation, and single words in no logical sequence, in the following years the original source play was forgotten and this satire remembered for its typographic originality and surrealist style. A pre-cursor to concrete poetry, this work is referenced in Jaroslav Andel's "Avant-Garde Design 1900-1950" as one of "the earliest and the most striking examples of poetic and typographic invention..." (pp. 30-32). Coqueley de Chuassepierre's work was also one of the first published books to contain aquatints. As of April 2017, WorldCat locates five holdings in North America.
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