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THE LIBERTINE: THE ART OF LOVE IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE. Ed. by Michel Delon. Abbeville Press, Inc., New York, 2013. 496 pp. with 350 ills. (331 col.). 32 x 25 cm. LC 2013-23285 ISBN 9780789211477 In English.
Publisher's description: A delightfully illustrated literary anthology that explores the fantasies, seductions, and intrigues of the eighteenth-century French lover This sumptuous volume presents more than eighty selections from eighteenth-century French literature, each concerning some facet of the game of love as practiced by the libertine, or the freethinking aristocratic hedonist, a type that flourished -- not least in literature -- in the declining years of the Ancien Regime. These pieces, which include fiction, drama, verse, essays, and letters, are the work of some sixty writers, both familiar -- such as Voltaire, Rousseau, and, of course, the Marquis de Sade -- and lesser-known. Each selection is illustrated by well-chosen period artworks, many rarely seen, by Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, and numerous others.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1600-1800 — Painting
Plans: 70,54
Worldwide Number: 155654
Hardcover $150.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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