HURTAUT, Pierre-Thomas-Nicolas,; 1719-1791. ~ Coup d’oeil anglois sur les ceremonies du mariage, avec des notes & observations historiques & critiques pour & contre les dames, auxquelles on a joint les aventures de M. Harry & de ses sept femmes. Geneva, 1750.
12mo (156 × 85 mm), pp. , xliv, , 168, . Title ornament. Contemporary mottled sheep, gilt panelled spine. Rubbed with a few scratches. Early inscriptions (including ‘Ex libris Bogillon 1751’) to front free endpaper. A good copy.
First edition under this title. Not actually a translation from an English work as the title pretends, but a fairly direct copy of Louis de Gaya’s Cérémonies nuptiales de toutes les nations (1680), to which is added the polygamistic tale of M. Harry. A very interesting global catalogue of marriage and courtship customs among Christians, Jews, Muslims and other religions. Hurtaut was also responsible for the 1751 title L’Art de Péter (’The Art of Farting’). Gay I, 742.