Pampelune: n.p., 1786.
Two volumes. Octavo. Full mid-tan mottled calf with dark red title and volume labels to decorative spines gilt. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso "Avis Sur Cette Nouvelle Édition"), xvi, 612; 1f (recto title, verso blank), 606 pp. With occasional decorative woodcut headpieces and rules.
With signature of Lucy Jane [?]Bousier dated 1830 to half-title to Vol. I and head of first page of text to Vol. II; inscription to upper outer corner of front free endpaper to Vol. II ("Capt. Carr 15th Britaniques Chateau de Dieppe par Diligence près d'Armentieres de Dunkirque"); qnd Carr's signature to titles of both volumes.
Bindings slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; edges of endpapers stained.
The present work is basically a collection of proverbs by keywords, popular expressions, rare and archaic French words, and Parisian slang. There are many literary references, including to works by Moliére, Corneille, Ménage, Rabelais, Scarron, and du Bellay. First published in 1718, it was quite popular and went through a number of editions to 1808. Very little is known about the author.
Captain Carr was apparently a member of The 15th King's Hussars, a cavalry regiment in the British Army. "First raised in 1759, it saw service over two centuries ... and formed part of the covering force at the Siege of Dunkirk in August 1793 ..." Wikipedia.
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