Les Quakres François, Ou Les Nouveaux Trembleurs, Comedie. Guillaume-Hyacinthe. S J BOUGEANT.
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Les Quakres François, Ou Les Nouveaux Trembleurs, Comedie.

Henrik Khyrks le jeune” 1732.

12mo. Frontis., 66p. WOODCUT FRONTISPIECE OF THE LEAD CHARACTER HOLDING HIS RIGHT FOOT ABOVE HIS HEAD LIKE A DANCE MASTER.

Early 19th-century blue wrappers, later printed spine label.

First Edition of this theatrical satire of the Convulsionaries, primarily women, who engaged in a mix of millenarianism, eroticism, torture and hysteria at the tomb of the Jansenist François de Pâris in the St. Médard churchyard in Paris, where they gathered to pray and receive miracles from the late 1720s into the 1740s. Some danced uncontrollably until they dropped from exhaustion.
            One of the principal leaders, abbé de Bescherand, exhibited extraordinary symp-toms, including foaming at the mouth and frenetic leaping, this last depicted as a kind of dance in the woodcut frontispiece (often missing). In the play he is represented as Father Jump (abbé du Sault). To prevent further outrages, in January 1732 the crown temporarily closed the cemetery and posted guards to block access. Bougeant capitalized on the public’s fascination with the cult. A good uncut copy, old bookseller’s slip pasted on the front flyleaf.
¶Soleinne, Bibliothèque dramatique 3779; Sommervogel-deBacker, Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus I: 1878,14; Weller, Die falschen und fingierten Druckorte II: 94; Cioranescu 13200.

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