Paris: Chez Bailly ... et Joly .. 1792.
Second edition. 106; 112; 126,  pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Revolutionary Fiction: Louvet de Couvray. Contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spine with red leather label. Lovely, fresh copy Gay II, 95. Item #225059
Very scarce second novel by the revolutionary statesman and deputy to the National Convention, Jean-Baptiste Louvet de Couvray (1760-1797). Couvray first gained notoriety with his licentious LES AMOURS DU CHEVALIER DE FAUBLAS (1787). This epistolary novel, his second, tells the story via the correspondence between sisters Emilie and Dorothee. It was important in presenting two revolutionary concepts to the public: the social necessity of divorce (which was finally legalized by the Revolution); and the evils of the celibacy of priests (with the power of the Church in France). The novel first appeared in 1791; this second appearance (with the added imprint of Avignon) is extremely scarce: OCLC records only two copies.
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