THÉÀTRE ÉROTIQUE. — [CAYLUS (comte de)].

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THÉÀTRE ÉROTIQUE. — [CAYLUS (comte de)].
Le Bordel, or the Punished Jean-Foutre. Comedy in three acts, in prose. Anconne, Chez la Veuve Grosse Motte, aux désirs, 1736. - LE SÉRAIL DE DELYS, ou Parodie de la tragédie d'Alcibiade, petite comédie en vers. Cologne, Pierre Marteau, 1735. Together 2 works in one volume in-8, red morocco, cold fillet, gilt title on the spine, gilt roulette, gilt edges (Binding of the time).
Two rare pornographic plays collected by an 18th century amateur.
The first comedy, traditionally attributed to the comte de Caylus, takes place in a Parisian brothel and depicts without any restraint the morals of the madam, her boarders and the clients.
In a long preface, the author justifies himself - a sadian procedure - in painting morality, a bitter drug for which man has a natural disgust (...) a pill that he swallows only reluctantly and that he flatters himself with some sweetness. In the same way, he refrains from putting into the mouths of his characters their usual language and from using the style of whores. And it is not appropriate to take offence at his crudity. In a word, to paint the vice to give the horror of it: After the reading of this play, one hopes that such which have frequented the brothel will take in horror a place where money, health & honor are lost so indignantly.
The other play, anonymous, is of a language quite as obscene, the names of the characters, Band' alaise and Godemichi, say enough. (Soleinne, t. III, n°3843).
Attractive volume in contemporary morocco. On a flyleaf, long handwritten note in red ink concerning these two plays.
Light brown spots.
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