Catéchisme libertin, à l’usage des filles de joie, et des jeunes demoiselles qui se décident à embrasser cette profession.

[Paris?], 1791.

2 works in 1 vol., 12mo, pp. 71, [1], with engraved frontispiece and 2 engraved plates; 29, [1 blank]; small repair at foot of p. 54 of first work, some light marginal damp staining, a few other small marks; very good in recent quarter mottled calf over marbled boards, gilt lettering and tooling to spine.


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Two very rare satirical works on prostitution from Revolutionary France, the first featuring two erotic plates.

Attributed to the singer, orator and revolutionary Anne-Josèphe Théroigne de Méricourt (1762–1817) (the preface is signed ‘l’Abbé Couillardin’), the Catéchisme libertin opens with a prayer to Mary Magdalene, promising ‘de donner mes premiers coups de cul en votre honneur’. The subsequent catechistical questions and answers cover: the qualities of a prostitute (including shamelessness and adaptability), faking orgasms, giving pleasure proportionate to payment, the art of seduction, equipment (rods, whips, ropes, condoms, erotic paintings and prints etc.), spanking, talking dirty, condoms (‘capotte anglaise’), sexually transmitted diseases and periods, sodomy, and the challenges of growing old. Incidental anecdotes includes that of an old man’s request to have a peacock feather inserted into his bottom. The Catéchisme ends with a collection of erotic verse (cantiques, épitaphes, litanies, oraison à Saint Garcelin etc.), and a satirical approbation (‘Nous, directeurs en fouterie, et de la faculté des branleurs, enculeurs, gamahucheurs ...’)

This copy contains three plates. The Nordmann and Sieglinde and Karl Ludwig Leonhardt copies (sold in 2006 and 2009) both included four.

The Ordonnance de police presents a new code to improve the standard of Parisian prostitutes (‘voulant offrir des cons propres aux fouteurs, des culs élastiques aux pédérastes’ etc.), provides a report of the debate on the code among local prostitutes, and details the subsequent decrees, which allow various named whores to continue their profession in spite of being bandy-legged, smelly, or diseased, and ‘de se faire enculer aussi souvent qu’elles trouveront l’occasion’. Only those women ‘mal-adroite dans l’art de la fouterie’ who cannot fake an orgasm are forbidden from practicing.

We have not been able to trace either work on OCLC or Library Hub.

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