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Le Dictionaire Des Halles,

Ou Extrait du Dictionaire de L'Academie Francoise.

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Bruxelles, Foppens, 1696

Excellent example of this rare work in its original, uncensored form.

This small volume of sayings was taken from the first edition of the Dictionnaire de L'Académie (1694). The work received a great deal of criticism at the time of its publication on account of its inclusion of several bawdy expressions that were considered extremely crude and subsequently removed. It includes charming truisms such as, '100 years of melancholy won't pay one sou of our debts' and 'the big fish eat the little fish,' alongside explanations and examples of usage.

The present work comes from the collection of the Scottish writer and Baronet William Stirling-Maxwell, whose family owned the Keir House estate from the XV to the XX century. Its other known previous owners are the former American military attaché to the UN and collector of proverbs Lieutenant Colonel Victor de Guinzbourg; the Dutch noble François Xavier de Borluut de Noortdonck; and

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First edition. 8vo in fours. pp. 228 pp; last two leaves just shaved at fore-edge but not touching text, stab hole to upper/inner margin throughout, contemporary full burgundy morocco, spine with title and decorative devices in gilt, boards ruled in gilt, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, blind monograms of Stirling-Maxwell to covers; light rubbing.


cf. Duplessis 29

Stock ID:93122

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