New York: Sold by the Booksellers [Chez les Libraires], 1840. First edition. 2 vols in 1, 12mo, original blue cloth, gilt lettering. Title page vignettes of a viper; one folding facsimile plate. Head and foot of the spine chipped, with some rippling to the cloth; lightly foxed throughout; a good, sound copy. Item #18758
A scurrilous libel accusing Rev. Verren of poor manners, gross language and attempted seduction: "The word *libertine* burst upon him like a ray of light, 'tis the electric spark that fires his imagination, and vivifies all the erotic resources it possesses." To judge from Sabin, Barthelemy was successfully sued as a result of this piece. Verren (1801-1874) was a long-time Protestant minister in New York and a professor of French literature at Columbia; the entry in Appletons' makes no mention of this unpleasant interlude. American Imprints 40-497; noted under Sabin 99283.