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HOUDART DE LA MOTTE, ANTOINE. La nouvelle Bigarure. Contenant ce qu'il y a de plus intéressant dans le Mercure de France, et de plus curieux dans les autres Journaux et feuilles périodiques, &c.
La Haye [The Hague]: Chez Pierre Gosse, junior, Libraire de S.A.R. March-July 1753. Five volumes, full brown marbled calf, edges with three gilt fillets, covers with the arms of the Marquise de Pompadour, spine gilt, original marbled endpapers, all edges sprinkled red. 5 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches (15 x 9 cm); various paginations. Light wear, likely discreetly restored, but a pretty set overall. Bookplate of Roger de Kesel in volume II.
This work was probably number 3435 in the auction of her extensive library held in 1765, the Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feue Madame la Marquise de Pompadour, Dame du Palais de la Reine. Ernest Quentin-Bauchart named her one of the great French femmes bibliophiles. The entry for the present work lists fifteen volumes in the lot, of which only the first five are present here. Although with some slight wear and with some possible minor restorations, this is an extremely handsome group of volumes from the library from this remarkable woman, born into the haute bourgeoisie as Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, but elevated to become the official maîtresse-en-titre to King Louis XV, who ennobled her under the ancient (but extinct) title of Pompadour. A friend of Voltaire (who held her in great esteem) she was profoundly interested in economics, especially the Physiocratie and its proponents including Diderot, and she was a supporter of his Encyclopedie. The arms are Olivier 2399. With Imperial Fine Books.

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