Diderot, Denis Les Bijoux Indiscrets
Amsterdam Chez Marc-Michel Rey 1772 Full-Leather
Originally published in 1748, this edition of Les Bijoux Indiscrets was published in Amsterdam in 1772 by Chez Marc-Michel Rey, probably a pirated edition. A scarce edition: OCLC lists only two libraries with copies.
Contemporary mottled calf binding with worn gold edging, gold flower pattern on spine. Octavo, 389 pp (plus a 3 page preface to Zima), two parts published together in one volume with Table des Chapitres at end. Marbled paper pastedowns and free end papers (front end paper missing).
Four copper plate illustrations - frontispiece, title vignette, and full-page plates tipped in opposite pages 12 and 113.
Spine missing about 1" at top (including about half of title) and 1 1/2" at base, with some shallow insect holes in exposed portion. Edge wear and chipping to boards, especially corners. Bottom corner of back board missing. Some scuffing, particularly to back board.
Large dampstain across center of text block, diminishing in size to center of book. Several pages of front and back matter have corners creased. Pages 125-9 have bottom corner folded over. All pages are present but pages 113 - 206 are loosely attached to or detached from binding. Signatures before and after are still sewn in. A little foxing, mostly to edges. Table des Chapitres and back free end paper detached as a unit.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall