Item #11233 Les Joüeurs Et Mr. Dusaulx. Jean-Claude Jacquet.
Les Joüeurs Et Mr. Dusaulx.
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Les Joüeurs Et Mr. Dusaulx.

“Agripina” [London or Bruxelles], “N. Lescot” 1780.

8vo (197 x 119 mm.). 60, [4 blank]p.

Contemporary gilt-ruled mottled calf (rubbed), flat spine gilt à la grotesque (crown slightly damaged), vertically gilt-lettered spine label, all edges gilt, numerous binder’s blanks before and after the text, green silk marker.

            First Edition, no copys in the U.S. THIS TIES TOP GOVERNMENT MINISTERS AND THE POLICE TO ILLEGAL GAMBLING AND THE SEX TRADE IN THE CAPITAL. DAMAGINGLY, IT NAMES NAMES — identifying those running and working the rackets and those in power tacitly sanctioning or outright protecting the “entrepreneurs”, who, in turn, catered to the pleasures of or shared profits with their benefactors. This exposé also luridly describes manipulating johns, cheating at cards, the flow of illicit funds, etc.
           Hired by the authorities to suppress clandestine printing, Jacquet organized his own international network to create and distribute libelous texts, collaborating with a royal censor, a pimp and tainted clerics. Publication, embarrassment and humiliation could be avoided for a fee. In 1780, a disgruntled participant betrayed his companions, who were swiftly imprisoned. Evidence presented at trial included the work offered here, which had at least four editions in 1781. In good condition.
¶Darnton, The Devil in the Holy Water or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon 123-139; Burrows, “A Literary Low-Life Reassessed: Charles Théveneau de Morande in London, 1769-1791” in Eighteenth-Century Life I (1998) 76-94; Porret, “Aux lisières du ‘Contrat social’: Le Cercle des joueurs maudits Jean Dusaulx et la ‘Passion du jeu’ à la fin du XVIIIe siècle” in Revue européene des sciences sociales 29 (1991) 43-66; Peignot, Dictionnaire…des principaux livres condamnés au feu II: 29-30.

Item #11233

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