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Bordelon, Laurent.  L'histoire des imaginations extravagantes de Monsieur Oufle, servant de preservatif contre la lecture des livres qui traitent de la magie, du grimoire, des démoniaques, sorciers, loups-garoux, incubes, succubes & du sabbat, des esprits-folets, génies, phantômes & autres revenans; des songes, de la pierre philosophale, de l'astrologie judiciaire, des horoscopes, talismans, jours heureux & malheureux, eclipses, comettes; & enfin de toutes les sortes d'apparitions, de divinations, de sortiléges, d'enchantement, & d'autres superstitieuses pratiques. Avec un tres-grand nombre de nottes curieuses, qui rapportent fidellement les endroits des livres qui ont causé ses imaginations, & qui les combattent. Paris: Chez Duchesne, 1754. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.77"). [12], 149, [9], 144, [2], 164 pp. (3 pts. of 5); 6 plts. (of 10).

The foolish, superstitious Monsieur Oufle, having pored over far too many occult works, falls prey to a variety of delusions regarding his horoscope, dreams, interactions with spirits and devils, etc. => This satire incorporates a lengthy list of books on the supernatural — all genuine works — allegedly to be found in Oufle's library, and is illustrated with six engraved plates signed "Crespy." First published in 1710, the work appears here in its most correct, enlarged edition: a handsome, crisp Parisian printing, in this example with the first three parts (only, out of five) bound together in a single volume — four and five having been sold separately at the time of publication.
        Provenance: Frontispiece recto, title-page verso, several text pages, and half-titles of parts two and three each with rubber-stamp of the now-defunct Museum of French Art in New York. Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, II, 755; Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft, H50.4. Period-style quarter calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-ruled and -dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; back pastedown with small binder's ticket of Starr Bookworks. Rubber-stamps as above; three parts only out of five as above, thus with six plates present out of ten; title-page verso with inked numeral. Pages and plates age-toned, otherwise clean. => Attractive and enjoyable.  (40394)   Please RESHELVE This.

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