Le Livre Fait par Force, ou le Mystificateur Mystifié et Corrigé. Par un Persiffleur Persifflé. FRENCH METAFICTION, Claude-Etienne Le Bauld de Nans.
Le Livre Fait par Force, ou le Mystificateur Mystifié et Corrigé. Par un Persiffleur Persifflé.
Le Livre Fait par Force, ou le Mystificateur Mystifié et Corrigé. Par un Persiffleur Persifflé.

Le Livre Fait par Force, ou le Mystificateur Mystifié et Corrigé. Par un Persiffleur Persifflé.

À Mystificatapolis [i.e., Berlin]: Chez Momus, à la Marotte, 5784 [i.e., 1784]. First edition. Contemporary sprinkled half calf, sprinkled boards, yellow morocco label, gilt lettering, 6.75 x 4.38 inches, xvi, 286 pages. Engraved frontispiece. A trifle rubbed and bumped; short crack near the head of the front joint; a very good copy. Item #19980

“Faites un Livre, ou nous vous casserons la tête”—write a book, or we will break your head, thus the first sentence of an entertaining digressive satirical novel that demonstrates a certain Tristram Shandy self-awareness for the process of novel writing itself, with false starts, allusions to Liebnitz and Pascal, the explanation of a mysterious secret society (complete with its by-laws), debates in the text between authors, etc. The attribution to the French-born actor, editor (and Mason) Le Bauld de Nans (1735-1792) comes from scholar François Labbé, who published a critical edition of the novel in 2008. La Bauld was resident in Berlin from 1775 until his death, editing the Gazette literaire francaise; previously he had been a member of various court theatre troupes performing French comedies in Mannheim and Regensburg. Not found in Brunet, Graesse, or Cohen-De Ricci. Graesse-Weller II, 224. With the early Swedish Skottorps Castle bookplate on the front pastedown.

Price: $850.00