[MEUSNIER DE QUERLON, Anne-Gabriel]Les Soupers de Daphené et les dortoirs de Lacedemone. Anecdotes greques ou fragments historiques publiés pour la première fois & traduits sur la version arabe imprimée à Constantinople, l’an de l’Hégire 1110 & de notre ère 1731.

A Oxfort (Paris), 1740.

12mo, bound by Hardy, full dark blue Levant morocco, small gilt fleuron in centre of sides, spine with raised bands, gilt inner dentelle, all edges gilt. 96 pp. (of which the title), 1 unnumbered leaf of key to the persons. Complete.

First Edition. One of two editions published simultaneously; according to Brunet, the present copy with Daphné spelled “Daphené” on the title page is the second issue.

Famous satire of the Marly and Passy suppers. “The suppers are a nice French pastiche of the Satyricon” (Charles Nodier). The author mixes the evocation of these gastronomic and libertine orgies with allusions and attacks against characters of the time. The rare printed key, bound at the end, allows us to identify the personalities involved: the financier Samuel Bernard, Mademoiselle de la Touche, King Louis XV, Mademoiselle Hénault, Monsieur de Boufflers, the Princess de Rohan, Mademoiselle de Moras, the freemasons and others. The second text, “Les Dortoirs”, is a more erotic work. The author recalls the law of Lycurgus which prohibited the cohabitation of husbands and wives, thus making tricks and intrigues necessary for both sexes.

Anne Gabriel Meusnier de Querlon (1702-1780), man of letters, “was a journalist of some celebrity in France, a scholar attached to the study of the ancients, an enemy to bad taste, to the affectation of introducing new terms, and still more to the rage for new principles. He published, for twenty-two years, a periodical paper for the province of Brittany, entitled “Les petites Affiches” and during the same period, for five years, conducted the “Gazette de France”, the “Journal Étranger” for two years and took a part in the “Journal Encyclopédique”. Notwithstanding these labours, he was the editor of many Latin and French authors, whose works he enriched by notes and prefaces, at once curious and instructive. He composed also works of his own and, besides those which he published, left several in ms. Towards the later part of his life he acted as librarian to a rich financier named Beaujon, from whom he had a handsome salary, with an honourable and pleasing retreat in his house” (Chalmers).

Lovely copy

Ref. Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, IV, 17203 / Brunet, Manuel du libraire, V, 464 / Gay-Lemonnyer, Bibliographie des ouvrages relatifs à l’amour, III, 1140 / Nodier, De quelques livres satyriques et de leur clef, (1834), 2ème partie, pp. 9-10 / Nodier, Mélanges tirés d’une petite bibliothèque, p. 90 / Catalogue des livres composant la bibliothèque poétique de M. Viollet le Duc, II, p. 222 : « Volume rare et recherché des curieux » / Alexander Chalmers, General Biographical Dictionary, 25, p. 422

Price: 1.500,00 euros


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