Le Coup D’œil Purin.
Le Coup D’œil Purin.
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Le Coup D’œil Purin.

“Tote, Grandfather of Fiquet called the Vile Normand and Rouen, Perchel at the Silver Court and Prefelne at the Treason” 1773.

Half-sheet 8vo. [iv], viii, 84p. Text in rule frames. THIRTY-SIX LEAVES OF LIGHT BLUE PAPER RULED IN RED BOUND IN BACK, OF WHICH THE FIRST SIX HAVE BEEN COMPLETED IN CONTEMPORARY MANUSCRIPT; laid in at the end are nine pages of later 19th-century paper with more dialect verse.

Contemporary mottled sheep (rubbed), spine and red morocco label gilt, edges sprinkled blue.

Only Antiquarian Edition of this violent cry for independent self-government WRITTEN IN THE DIALECT OF NORMANDY — LA LANGUE PURINIQUE, OR PISS TALK. The outrage was sparked by the crown’s suppression in 1771 of the independent law courts of Normandy and the installation of the royal judiciary in its place. The present seditious publication has four parts, the first three of which are in patois verse, including the rhyming dedication, specious approbation and printing privilege and the two long dialogs in which peasants protest their loss. The footnotes translate the difficult vocabulary and idiomatic expressions into French. In prose, the final section lays out the case in French, gently designating one collaborator “a fornicator, murderer, adulterer, thief and false witness”. The works have been variously attributed to Rouen industrialist Gabriel-Jean Gervais (1737-1819), botanist, chemist and cloth dyer Louis-Alexandre Dambourney (1722-95) or Dommey, Chief Clerk of the Chamber of Accounts. One U.S. example.
     THIS COPY HAS ELEVEN PAGES OF CONTEMPORARY MANUSCRIPT PATOIS POETRY THAT CONTINUE THE MAIN WORKS’ ARGUMENT: Complainte de Catin Ravette Herbiere in a rougher script, then “Adieux du Boureau de Rouen” in a finer hand. A late 19th-century bibliophile added two more manuscript poems of Dambourney’s composition in purinique (on five leaves) and states that handwriting comparison shows the manuscript verses on the bound blanks to be by Dambourney. In good condition.
¶Frère, Manuel du bibliographe normand I: 291 (treated as anonymous); Conlon, Le Siècle des Lumières 73:840 (Gervais); Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes I: 784 (Gervais or Dambourney).

Item #10805

Price: $1,850.00