The Livre Rouge, or Red Book; being a list of secret pensions, paid out of the public treasure of France: and containing characters of the persons pensioned, anecdotes of their lives, an account of their service. And observations tending to shew the reasons for which the pensions were granted. Translated from the eighth Paris edition.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1790. First English edition of a book that has been attributed to Jean-Baptiste Martin Louis de la Bruyère by several sources (See Querard 4.558-559). Originally published in Paris, this book pretended to be a government publication, but was published to embarrass Louis XVI and finance minister Necker about the excesses of government toward the privileged class. Text printed entirely in red. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, but a very good, uncut copy. Early twentieth-century half mauve calf over marbled boards. Original blue paper wrappers bound in. Octavo. [4], 163 pp. + 24 pp. publisher’s ads on smaller paper. Item #14087

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