Lot 15

[CRÉBILLON, Claude-Prosper Jolyot de] Tansaï and Neadarné. Japanese history, with figures. Beijing [Paris] s.n. 1743 2 vol. in-12 : front.-xix [of which engraved title]-[5]-275, [6 of which engraved title]-242 pp.; 4 pl. (stains, some freckles, some holes, and rare marginal tears, some notebooks with brown legacies in vol. I, wet. pet. marg. on p. 9 of vol. I, any hole fart. in text without missing at pp. 83-86 of vol. II, qs qs notes mss marg. in pencil). Bradel modern wove wove Bradel, smooth spines decorated with gold fillets, tr. red (vol. I rubbed, vol. II faded leg.). Illustrated with 2 identical engraved titles, 1 frontispiece depicting the Emperor and his court and 4 slightly erotic off-texts. This licentious tale (ed. orig.: 1734), for some satire against the Cardinal of Rohan, the Constitution Unigenitus and the Duchess of Maine, earned Crébillon to be imprisoned in the castle of Vincennes for a few weeks. Some first editions bear the title "L'Écumoire, histoire japonoise". Ref. Barber IV:668 (ed. 1733?). - Cohen 265-266. Joint: Gresset, Jean-Baptiste-Louis - Ver-Vert, poem in four songs. Followed by Le Lutrin vert and Carême impromptu [...]. Decorated with engravings. Paris, chez les Marchands de nouveautés, 1832. Gr. in-8°. Demi-basane of the ép. (freckles, verse hole(s) in the sup. passim margin). Illustrated with 1 engraved title, 1 frontispiece and 4 pl. after C. Monnet. (2 openings in 3 vol.).