6088. Baret's Fo-Ka... conte chinois 1777

(BARET, PAUL). Fo-ka, ou les métamorphoses, conte chinois. Dérobé à M. de V***. I-II. A Pëkin, et se trouve à Paris (chez la veuve Duchesne) 1777.

Large 12:o (about 168x95 mm.). (3), 4-136; (3), 4-139, (1 blank) pp.
Contemporary brown calf, worn, gilt edges of covers, gilt spine, damages at head and foot, marbled dges.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1673.
The first chapter, headed "Introduction métaphysique du gôut des dames", introduces the reader to the learned Chinese Fo-ka, and the narrator explains that a fairy is responsible for ridiculous fashions, affected language, inspired novels and pretty female philosophers.
Paul Baret (1728-1795) was a French novelist, librettist and dramatist, who satirized the fashions of parlance of the Parisian literay salons.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).