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Satire disguising the French elite as Arabs

MELON, Jean-François.
Mahmoud le Gasnevide, histoire orientale. Fragment traduit de l'Arabe, avec des notes.
Rotterdam, Jean Hofhoudt, 1730. 8vo. Contemporary marbled calf, gold-tooled spine, boards, board edges and turn-ins, both boards with the gold-tooled coat of arms of Louis Marie Alexandre, Duc d'Aumont, gilt edges.
€ 1,500
Second edition, in the original French, of an allegorical novel satirizing the establishment of the Régence, the period just after King Louis XIV's death, when Louis XV was still a minor and France was ruled by the regent Phillipe d'Orléans. The novel incorporates the most important figures during the Régence, but they have been given oriental names. The author, Jean-François Melon (1675-1738), states he translated it from an original Arabic text, but actually wrote the novel himself.With the coat of arms of Louis-Marie Alexandre, Duc d'Aumont (1736-1814) in gold on both boards. With some marginal water stains. Overall in good condition.
Cioranescu 44265; Olivier 364/1.
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