Manuel consolateur des cocus. Code pacifique des ménages, ouvrage éminemment utile, suivi 1. d'un tableau des moeurs et usages de différentes nations relativement aux fiancailles, au mariage, à la polygamie, à l'adultère et au divorce...traduit fidèlement de l’Anglais...
by [Blocquel, Simon] Baron Commode (pseud.).
Cornopolis: Imprimerie de l’Encorné, [i.e. Lille: printed for the author chez Bloquel], [c. 1837?]. 12mo, 3-107, (1)pp. With a folding hand-colored frontispiece. Printed on yellow paper, bound with three “sermons” at the end. Early quarter calf, marbled boards, bookplate of E. Alexander. Very rare and amusing treatise on cuckoldry; known in at most 3 copies, all in France. No copy in the US or UK. No copy recorded at auction or through the trade except for this one (ex-Nina Musinsky). Musinsky’s long note accompanies this copy: “First edition of an illustrated spoof, printed on yellow paper... it provides plentiful anecdotes of adultery, featuring cuckolds from every walk of life from Kings to shopkeepers... the book belongs to a tradition of French cuckold satires of which the earliest example...was published in 1708... bound in at the end are three [facetious] sermons...” (Inventory #: 107196)
Bibles, theology and religion, Bindings, Early & Fine Printing, Illustrated Books, William Blake & His Circle, Illuminated Manuscripts, Private Press Books, T.F. Dibdin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Children's Books 1600-1950
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