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Thiers, Jean-Baptiste.
Histoire des Perruques, Ou l'on fait voir Leur origine, leur usage, leur forme, l'abus & l'irregularite de celles des Ecclesiastiques.

Avignon Chez Louis Chambeau:1779.

An interesting early history of wigs and their use and abuse the actual main purpose of the book, when it was first published in 1690, was to criticize the abuse of wigs by clerics and other theologians (an outspoken religious writer, Thiers penned over 30 other works on religious subjects of his day). This study was popular enough to be translated into Italian in 1702 and German in 1712. Another French edition was evidently published in 1777.

4.25"x7", xxii, [i], 441 pages several decorative woodcut head and tailpieces. Bound in full 19th century mottled polished calf with a red spine label and elaborate gilt spine decorations engraved bookplate of Louis Batigne covers with some rubbing, front hinge very tender contents fine except for some soil on the title page.

Inventory #: 29000
Price: $ 300.00      

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