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Antique 2 Vol. Book Set “L’arretin Moderne” by Henri-Joseph Du Laurens, 1776
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  • Antique 2 vol. Book Set Entitled “L’arretin Moderne” by Henri-Joseph Du Laurens (French, 1719 – 1793) | Published in Rome “Aux depens de la Congregation de l’Index” (At the expense of the Congregation of the Index) in 1776 |  Approx. Measurements: 6.75″ H x 4.5″ W.

    Title: L’Arretin Moderne (The Modern Aretino)(Arentino referring to Pietro Aretino (1492 – 1556), an Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist and blackmailer, who wielded influence on contemporary art and politics and developed modern literary pornography [Wikipedia].
    Author: Henri Joseph Du Laurens (sometimes Laurens or Dulaurens, original name Henri Joseph Laurent, 1719–1793 or 1797) was a French unfrocked trinitarian monk, satirical poet and novelist, born at Douai, the son of the regimental surgeon Jean Joseph Laurent and his wife Marie Josephe Menon. He was author of such libertine works as Le compère Matthieu, Imirce, ou la fille de la nature and L’Arrétin moderne. He may also have written Candide, Part II. He died at Mariembourg in the French First Republic, now in Belgium.
    Publisher: Aux depens de la Congregation de l’Index (At the expense of the Congregation of the Index)
    City: Rome
    Year: 1776 (The first edition was published in 1763 at the same address under the title: The Arretin, or debauchery of the mind makes sense)
    Binding Style: 3/4 Leather Hardcover
    Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
    Width: 4.5″ Height: 6.75″

    The Book is composed of 25 essays and stories on diverse subjects such as Slavery, Agriculture, Chastity or Celibacy, History of Master Pierre, etc. These stories are generally criticisms, sometimes direct, sometimes satirical or allegorical, of the teaching of the Bible, the Church, and it’s history. Father Du Laurens (1719-1793) is a polemical and anti-religious writer whose works are libertine and licentious, but above all, profoundly anti-religious. The author does not hesitate to go down into the lowest trivialities to support his criticism, but his comic inventions, often surprising, have earned him praise. Pursued for his writings, Du Laurens fled to Holland, and was imprisoned in Mainz in 1767, to end his days at 74 in a convent.

    ‘This book is a lively and fairly gallant critique of the main stories of the Bible.  Suze’s wife is a critic of The New Heloise. The wise Pangloss is Solomon, the wisest of men, it is an original chapter, even by its singular biblical quotations. The Suzon’s story is that of Suzanne and the two old men, the story of Godemiche. The origin of these instruments of chamois or velvet become so common in the houses of nuns. Finally, the Jesuit Couvens are an allegory of the history of Sodom. In a word, the whole volume is rather a facetious criticism of the Bible and clerical institutions.

    Pietro Aretino (19 or 20 April 1492 – 21 October 1556) was an Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist and blackmailer, who wielded influence on contemporary art and politics and developed modern literary pornography.

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