1788 · Caen
Scarce chapbook presentation of two moral tales, printed without attribution but taken from Marmontel's Contes moraux, a multivolume production originally published from 1755 through 1759. While the titles of both stories imply a focus on parenting (and both pieces emphasize the dangers of bad mothering), the major lessons here are that sons should avoid gambling, partying, and expensive mistresses — while taking care to fall in love with women who are virtuous and wealthy.
A woodcut headpiece opens each story in this printing, which is now uncommon: WorldCat finds => only one U.S. institution reporting a copy (Princeton) and just a handful of other locations, all in France.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
Gumuchian 2337. Appropriate plain lilac paper wrappers not original to the chapbook, these a little worn and chipped; old stitching holes in gutter margins and one signature separated. => A clean, pleasing copy of a seldom-seen item. (Inventory #: 40712)