Histoire et vie de l’Arretin ([Neuchâtel]: [Samuel Fauche], 1776)

Pietro Aretino (et al.), Histoire et vie de l’Arrétin, ou entretiens de Magdelon et de Julie, ou l’on a joint La Tourriere des Carmeltes, … : avec figures en taille-douce ([Neuchâtel]: [Samuel Fauche], 1776).

New attribution

This previously unknown Samuel Fauche edition contains three ‘classic’ clandestine texts: Pietro Aretino’s Histoire et vie de l’Arrétin, ou entretiens de Magdelon et de Julie, Anne-Gabriel Meusnier de Querlon’s La tourière des carmélites and L’origine des cons sauvages et européens, avec la manière de les apprivoiser, & le moyen de prédire toutes choses à avenir par iceux.

It can be attributed with certainty to the presses of Fauche due to presence of complicated composed typographical ornaments identical to those found in Fauche’s edition of Daniel Defoe, La vie et les aventures surprenantes de Robinson Crusoé contenant son retour dans son isle, ses autres nouveaux voyages & ses réflexions (Neuchâtel: Samuel Fauche, 1776). The composed banner situated at the top of the title page of La tourière des carmélites (page 59 of the collected edition), most clearly, is identical to that at found at the beginning of the preface to volume 3 of Fauche’s Robinson Crusoé. The FBTEE database leaves no doubt that Robinson Crusoé was a genuine Fauche edition, available from May 1776. The Histoire et vie de l’Arrétin alsocontains many typographical features common to Fauche editions of the time.

Two extant copies of this work have been located, the first in the Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli and the second in the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt. The Naples copy is also available in Google books. The Darmstadt library catalogue indicates that their copy contains 12 intaglio illustrations.