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Les Romances du Temps présent. Almanach nouveau
Paris: chez les Marchands de nouveautés, 1793. 24mo. Collation: [1]32 [2]8 (nested quires). 33, [16], 34-64 pp. Page borders. Calendar for 1794. Publisher's green gold-blocked morocco with central cartouche of turtle-doves, marbled endpapers, g.e. (light edge wear, small crack in lower cover).*** An unrecorded almanac in a pretty binding, innocuous in appearance but containing openly Royalist anti-Revolutionary poems, songs and invocations. The "Romances of the present day" open with several heart-rending poems on the plight of Marie-Antoinette, who, on August 1, 1793, had been transferred at dead of night from her prison in the Temple to a solitary cell in the Conciergerie. She would be guillotined on October 16. Other poems, set, incongrously, to popular tunes, include an invocation of the Dauphin (age 10, separated from his mother on July 3), a "romance" of the ghost of Louis XVI (executed on 21 January 1793) addressing the French people, a song relating the last words of the dying King, "found in his papers," a song "to the Sans-Culottes" ("Rhabilles-toi, peuple François, / Ne donnes plus dans les excès / De nos faux Patriotes"...), a racy pair of Couplets, "to the Emigrés, by the French Ladies," and vice-versa, each verse ending with the equivocal line "ce qu'on fit en nous [vous] faisant" (e.g., "Et jurons qu'un brave Emigré / Seul aura droit de nous faire / Ce qu'on fit en nous faisant)", and a series of "Ariettes, written from the siege of Maastricht" (winter of 1793). In the middle of these Royalist satires are normal apolitical songs, and a calendar for 1794. Unknown to Grand-Carteret or Tourneux, no other copies located.
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