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4 Harrison's Lane
Woodstock
Oxfordshire
OX20 1SS
Contact Susanne Schulz-Falster
Telephone 01993 811100
Specialists 17th and 18th Century Continental Books, Social Sciences, History of Ideas, Printing History, Technology, Women and Society, Illustrated Books, Arts, Manufacturing
Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books
Stand B06

Marriage Mapped out - a wonderfully witty 18th century Satire

[LE NOBLE, Eustache.]

Carta Topografica dell'Isola del Maritaggio di Monsieur Le Noble per la prima volta tradotta dal Francese in Italiano. Cosmopoli, n.p. 1765. , Cosmopoli, n.p. 1765. 1765

8vo, pp. 43, [1] folding engraved map (platemark 250 x 365 mm) bound at the end; clean and crisp; early nineteenth century half red roan over marbled boards, spine decorated and lettered in gilt, sides with gilt corner fleurons; delightfully playful hand drawn cartoon of a lovelorn seahorse (added at a later date) to the map's cartouche; from the library of Count Sperello Aureli, a Perugian nobleman, with book plate to front paste-down.

Note
Rare first edition in Italian of this satire on love and marriage, with an allegorical map of the Island of Matrimony. The work is arranged like a travel book, describing and illustrating in detail the journey to wedded bliss, passing through the ports of 'love', 'bad advice', or 'self-interest'. The travellers are invited to make their home in the 'province of jealousy', the 'county of the cuckolds', or the mountain range of the 'in-laws'. Once on the island it becomes impossible to leave, though a transfer to the peninsulas of 'widowhood' and 'divorce' is still possible, as is a relocation to the 'island of bigamy'.
The island is illustrated on an attractive large folding map, bound at the end. Giving the title of the work enclosed in a small cartouche, one of the recurring themes of the work is also illustrated: the cuckold, the deceived husband. On the map the three main islands are illustrated, with many 'natural' features, such as the various provinces, as mentioned above, 'secret' and 'capricious' rivers.
The work appears to be adapted and translated from the 'Carte de l'Isle de Marriage' by the prolific Eustache La Noble de Tennelière (1643-1711), first published in 1705.

Bibliography
See Cioranesco II, 42504 (French first edn of 1705) Fromm IV 14905 (German edn of 1736); OCLC lists copies at McGill, UCLA, Kansas and Princeton.
£1,450