(PROSTITUTION). ~ Code, ou nouveau réglement sur les lieux de prostitutions dans la ville de Paris. ‘Londres’ [but ?Paris], 1775.
12mo (176 × 108 mm), pp. xx, 191, , including half-title. Woodcut ornaments. Slight adhesion of title verso to dedication leaf at foot, obscuring a small portion of the text of the latter. Uncut in contemporary paste-paper wrappers, spine label lettered in early manuscript. Rubbed and spine slightly faded and cracked. A very good, unsophisticated copy.
First edition. An especially draconian proposal for the regulation of prostitution in the city of Paris. Various codes had been proposed during the eighteenth century, the most influential being the utilitarian Pornographe by Restif de la Bretonne published in 1769. The author of the 1775 Code seems to be responding directly to Restif. Where the Pornographe was accepting of the profession and concerned with the welfare of those associated with it, the Code proposed repressive measures in its 45 articles designed mainly to punish prostitution as a vice.
Gay I, 608. OCLC lists no copy outside continental Europe.