"[curiosa Eroticism Binding Gruel] Favre - The Four Hours Of The Ladies Toilet. Eo 1779."FAVRE (Emile de) - LECLERC (etchings of). The Four Hours of the Ladies' Toilet - Erotic Poem. In Paris, at Jean-François Bastien's place, 1779. A vol. in pt in-4 format (272 x 182 mm) of 7 ff. n.fol., 1 frontispiece engraved n.fol. and 84 pp. Binding (XIXth) of full olive morocco, double golden thread, golden dotted net and golden lace framing the dishes, which are also adorned with large golden angular florets, back with nerves decorated with cold fatty fillets, double boxes of golden framing, large golden ornate decoration, golden dotted net on the nerves, golden title, golden palette at the head and tail, golden dotted net on the cups, golden head, golden inner lace, double full paper guards in the tank. (Gruel). Rare original edition. "Many copies are dated 1780". (in Rahir). Copy coated with a delicate and full binding signed at the back of the Gruel back. It contains: an engraved title page, 1 large figurative banner, 4 delicate plates as well as 4 panties by Le Clerc (or Leclerc). "The work is distinguished by the quality of its engravings". “Very beautiful illustrations; especially the dead ends are superb ”. (in Cohen). '' All the poets who celebrated the timetable sang the happy moments of Love, but, in the distribution of the hours of pleasure, they forgot those that the Amans [sic] give to the art of adornment, inseparable from the art of pleasing. [...]. '' Léon Gruel "possessed one of the most beautiful collections of bindings in Paris, ranging from the origins to the 18th century included." (Fléty). There is one point on which all the bindings executed by Gruel defy criticism: it is the perfection with which they were executed. Gay III, Bibliography of books relating to love, women, marriage, etc., 903 - Cohen I, Manual of the lover of books with 18th century engravings, 376 - Boissais, Le Livre à engravings du XVIIIème siècle, p. 74 - Cioranescu II, Bibliography of French literature in the 18th century, 28418 - Quérard III, La France littéraire p. 81 - Fléty I, Dictionary of bookbinders, 85 - Crauzat I, La Reliure française, pp. 27 et seq.) - Rahir, The Library of the Amateur, p. 423. Very slightly eliminated corners. Discreet friction affecting nerves and jaws. Sometimes very slightly oxidized paper. Presence of some scattered foxing in the body of the work. Notwithstanding, good condition.