A handsome limited edition of John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Coxcomb, companion volume to Fanny Hill, printed in Paris in 1926.
Book Description: Corners and edges rubbed and bumped, No 353 of 575 copies, owner’s name on front endpaper dated 1934, clean and bright, gilt titles. Printed on Verge Montgolfier hand made paper by Maurice Darantier in Dijon. Quarter mottled calf over marbled boards. D/J missing.
Tale of a male prostitute, perhaps based on the experiences of Cleland and his father.
John Cleland (1709-1789) was an English novelist most famous and infamous as the author of Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, a novel which landed him in prison for its bawdy content. After his release from prison and the prosecutions over Fanny Hill, Cleland became a hired author. He attempted two more novels, Memoirs of a Coxcomb (1751), which contains a parody of Mary Wortley Montagu as Lady Bell Travers that was much discussed, and The Woman of Honour (1768), as well as a collection of romance tales in The Surprises of Love (1764)