Réfléxions Sur Les Sentimens Agréables, Et Sur Le Plaisir Attaché A La Vertu. Louis-Jean LÉVESQUE DE POUILLY.
Réfléxions Sur Les Sentimens Agréables, Et Sur Le Plaisir Attaché A La Vertu.
Réfléxions Sur Les Sentimens Agréables, Et Sur Le Plaisir Attaché A La Vertu.
“TIRÉE À FORT PETIT NOMBRE D’EXEMPLAIRES” — BRUNET

Réfléxions Sur Les Sentimens Agréables, Et Sur Le Plaisir Attaché A La Vertu.

Montbrillant, [Jean-Vincent Caperonier de Gauffécourt] 1743.

Half-sheet 8vo. vii, 88p.

Contemporary gilt-ruled red morocco, tiny corner fleurons, richly gilt spine, gilt-lettered red morocco label, blue pastepaper endleaves, all edges gilt.

A moral and philosophical essay, originally conceived as a letter to the author’s friend Lord Bolingbroke, the Reflections first appeared in 1736 in a single volume with similar works by four other writers. This is the first independent edition.
            PRIVATELY PRINTED ON THICK PAPER AT THE PRESS OF GAUFFÉCOURT (1692-1766). Produced under the care of the author’s brother, this is the first of only four works the wealthy dilettante, and quondam clockmaker, Gauffécourt set in type and printed for his own amusement over twenty years at Montbrillant, his country house outside Geneva. Near the end of his life he took up bookbinding, and a contemporary manuscript note on the endleaf attributes the present specimen to him. Certainly the endleaves have little to do with France.
            I have identified a half-dozen examples — all in Europe — of this luxuriously produced volume. In fine condition, early signature of physician A.J. Dalliez, bookplate of the idiosyncratic and discriminating Spanish bibliophile Joachim Gomez de la Cortina, marqués de Morante (1806-68), who, above all, sought the “curious”.
¶Nodier, Mélanges tirés d’une petite bibliothèque XXXIX; Brunet, Recherches sur les imprimeries clandestines et particulières 18-19 “également à fort petit nombre d’exemplaires”; Brunet, Manuel III: 1036; Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes IV: 169; Conlon, Le Siècle des Lumières 43: 503; unknown to Peignot.

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