Paris: Chez le St. Desnos, 1793. Item #04440
A Beautiful Late Eighteenth Century French Almanach
[ALMANACH FRANCAISE]. L'Amant Trompe Par L'Amour et autres Sujets agréables, Extraits des Trois Muses Réunies; mis en musique par les plus celèbres Compositeurs Modernes: Enrichies de Figures. Chaque Partie se vend séparément. Avec Tablettes Economiques Perte et Gain. Paris: Chez le St. Desnos, . [bound together with]
Le Secrétaire des Dames et des Messieurs, ou Dépositaire fidèle & discret, et a double usage; Utile & nécessaire aux Gens d'Affaires, Négocians, Voyageurs, Militaires, & à tous les Etats…
Sixteenmo (4 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches; 112 x 61 mm.). [ii, hand colored frontispiece, recto blank], [ii, hand colored title-page, verso blank], [1, blank], 17-24, (music), [viii, music], [5-6], 7-96, [2, blank], [3-4], 5-48, [12, calendar for 1789] pp.
Ten hand-colored etched plates (including frontispiece and title-page).
Full contemporary French red morocco, covers triple-ruled in gilt. Smooth spine elaborately decorated in gilt in compartments, green morocco label lettered in gilt. Gilt decorated board-edges and turn-ins, blue paper end-leaves. Miniscule wear to one side of spine tip, otherwise fine.
This wonderful little volume was originally designed to hold a small pencil within three gilt-decorated morocco loop which in turn would keep the volume closed. Alas the pencil is long gone…
The Hand Colored Plates with Music:
2. Engraved title-page
3. L'Amant Trompé Par L'Amour. (The lover deceived by love) Chanson Anacréontique, Par Mr. Monsigny
4. Le Bouquet de Roses. (The bouquet of roses) Chanson Anacréontique, Par Mr. Philidor
5. Avis Aux Belles. (Reviews of beauty) Par Mr. Pamfossi
6. L'Opérateur des Ombres Chinoises. (The Chinese shadow operator) Par Mr. Cimarosa
7. L'Aveu Sincère. (The sincere plea) Chanson Anacréontique, Par Mr. Grétry
8. La Méfiance. (Distrust) Par Mr. Chapelle
9. L'Amant Impatient. (The impatient lover) Par Mr. Chardigny
10. L'Ecole Des Jaloux. (The school of jealousy) Par Mr. Cimarosa
Les Petits Soupers de Venus. L'Hommage A L'Amour
La Nouvelle Héloise
Les Jeunes Amans
Claudine A La Cour
A Une Jolie Cremiere
Les Jeunes Gens Du Siecle
La Bergere Prudente
Translation from the original French:
THE LOVER DECEIVED BY LOVE, and other agreeable subjects, Excerpts from the Three Reunited Muses; set to music by the most famous Modern Composers: Enriched with figures. Each part is sold separately, with Economic Loss and Gain Tablets. In Paris, at S 'Desnos, Engineer-Geographer and Libraire of His Danish Majesty, rue Saint-Jacques, at the Globe. (1793.) In-24.
This almanac, with engraved and printed parts, is identical as figures to the first New Songwriter described above (see No. 855). Calendar engraved for 1793. [Cat. Techener. Ex. Mar. red, decorated back, fig. colored, 150 fr.] (Grand-Carteret No. 1106).
THE SECRETARY OF THE LADIES AND THE GENTLEMEN, the most useful of the Almanacs, Little Necessary of every day, and Rendez-vous Business People, Negotiators, Travelers, Militaries and all states. New wallet in which everyone will find what they will need. With Economic Tablets. The Strangers will find Maps made with the Routes, the Paris Plan, that of Versailles, the distances itineraries of the Cities, the navigable Rivers and the Finance Card of the Kingdom, with a Discount Tables. In Paris, at the house of M. Desnos, bookseller, engineer-geographer of his Danish majesty, rue St-Jacques, in the Globe, where we find Almanacs of all sorts, very interesting. (Around 1778). In-24… Subsequently, Desnos will cut this publication into several parts. Thus we can see announced on its catalog of 1781: - Appointment of business gen. - Routes of France, Distances of Cities, Navigable Rivers etc. On the other hand, the title Secretary of the Ladies and Gentlemen will disappear and the publication will be called, in order to satisfy all the classes: Necessary of the Military. - Needed by the financier. Etc. (See Nos. 475, 476, 477, 484, 489.) (Grand-Carteret No. 604).
OCLC locates just one copy of the first title in libraries and institutions worldwide: The Morgan Library & Museum (NY, USA). and just one copy of the second title in libraries and institutions worldwide: Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon (France).
Grand-Carteret, John. Les Almanachs Francaise, (Bibliographie-Iconographie) 1600-1895. Nos. 1106 & 604.