Les Présomptions des femmes. Guillaume Coquillart.
Les Présomptions des femmes

Mansucript on Vellum of a Rare Erotic Work, Bound by Thouvenin

Les Présomptions des femmes.

N.p: n.d. [later 18th century].

Manuscript in French, written in a roman hand in brown ink, 27 lines, recto and verso, on vellum. 8 leaves, including title with hand-drawn vignette and border. 12mo. Mansucript on Vellum of a Rare Erotic Work, Bound by Thouvenin. Early 19th-century red straight-grain morocco gilt, blue silk doublures and endleaves, a.e.g., by Thouvenin (signed “Thouve” in gilt on the spine), near fine. Cf. Brunet IV, 864-65; Tchemerzine (1977) II, 523; Gay-Lemonnyer III, 843-44. Provenance: Treuttel & Würtz, Booksellers (Sotheby’s sale, lot 1814, 22 June 1817, ms note); Joseph Renard (sale, lot 551, 29 March 1881, with his bookplate); Henri Pène Du Bois (sale, 14 June 1887, lot 370). Item #257067

Manuscript facsimile on vellum of a rare erotic work, “Conjectures of Women,” an excerpt from William Coquillart’s legal parody DROITS NOUVEAULX, printed circa 1600 in Rouen by Abraham Cousturier. The work was again printed in a limited facsimile edition in 1830.
“Présomptions signifie ici conjectures. D’apres l’extérieur des femmes, leur air, leur habillement, l’auteur présume leur conduite cachée; et il entre dans des détiails grossièrement obscènes” (Brunet).
The present mansucript is attributed to the late 18th-century calligrapher François Florent Fyot, one of a number of calligraphers who specialized in producing manuscript facsimile copies, known as "copies figurées," of unobtainable 16th and 17th century printings.

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