Auction 353 Old & Rare Books - General History & Topography

GERMANY -- (SOLIGNAC, P.J. de la PIMPIE de, or D.-F. de MERVEILLEUX). Amusemens des eaux de Schwalsbach, des bains de Wisbaden et de Schlangenbad. Avec deux relations curieuses; l'une de la Nouvelle Jerusalem; et l'autre d'une partie de la Tartarie Independante. Liège, Everard Kints, 1739. (8), 320 pp. W. ti-p. in red and black w. a woodcut vign., 4 fold. engr. plates (a map of Bad Schwalbach, a map and a fortification plan of "Nouvelle Jerusalem" (= Mannheim), and a view of "Mont Payen" (= Heidelberg)). Cont. cf. w. dec. gilt back & red label. (Lge-fold. plate a bit browned on fold, a few small stains in places).

Second edition of a daring French satire of the German court of the Elector Palatine Karl Philipp (1661-1742), who moved the Palatinate's capital from Heidelberg (here Mont Payen) to the new city of Mannheim (here New Jerusalem) in 1720. The first edition appeared in 1738. As the title suggests, the story revolves around the mineral baths of Langen-Schwalbach (now Bad Schwalbach, near Wiesbaden), where members of the court took cures and enjoyed themselves, but it is mostly concerned with anecdotes about food, drink and pretty girls, though it also discusses matters of war, exotic lands, religion and freemasonry. The book is generally credited to the Frenchmen David François de Merveilleux (1665?-1748) or Pierre Joseph de La Pimpie de Solignac (1687-1773).

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