Amsterdam: chez E. van Harrevelt, 1759. The first edition was published in Paris in 1758 (Cioranescu 15473). Spine worn in places, intermittent light dampstain near top margin. Still, a very handsome, large copy. Original marbled wrappers, uncut. Twelvemo. xx, [2, contents], 444, [1, errata, with verso blank] pp. Item #8048
The Marquis de Caraccioli (1723-1803) was born and wrote in Paris, though he studied in Mans and travelled in Italy, Germany and Poland. He was a prolific writer of poetry, fiction, history, and biography. A frequent topic was manners and the follies associated with them. He came out with an edition of Pope Clement XIV’s letters, which attracted a good deal of notice; some thought that the letters were of his own authorship. Book collectors know him best for the color-printed book, Le livre de quatre couleurs (1757), and its successor, Le livre à la mode (1759). The present book was one of his most popular: at least eight editions were published in the decade following this first edition. The present edition, is however, rare: OCLC lists only the Clark Library copy.