Bagatelle: 1788; and Saint Lazare, Chez Donat Gourdin, n.d.
First editions. 44; 67 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. The Ancient Love of Women for Fools. Bound in half snakeskin and green cloth by J. Franklin Mowery. Barbier III: 851. Item #249376
Attributed by Barbier to the marquis de Champcenetz, an unrepentant anti-revolutionary and acerbic wit, who was guillotined in 1790. Barbier cites Grimm with the following identifications: Mme de Valée ( i.e., de La Châtre), Mme Armande (i.e., de Staël), Mme de Valfort (i.e., de Matignon), Mme de Sainville (i.e., de Brancas), Mme de Verseuil (i.e., d'Andlau). The opening sentence announces his theme:
“Since the beginning of time women have had a weakness for fools …”
Very scarce. OCLC locates only 4 copies in the US.
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