Rare Bilingual Courtesy & Etiquette Book

(GILLET, R.) & LEMIERRE (D’ARGY), A.J. The Hundred Thoughts of a Young Lady, published in English and French By A.J. Lemierre. To which are added moral Apologues and Miscellanies; and also an allegorical Description of a Young man’s Journey to the Land of Happiness. A new edition, Revised and Corrected. London, Printed for J. Mawman, Successor to Mr. Dilly, in the Poultry, 1801. / Cent Pensées d’une Jeune Anglaise, publiées En Anglais et en Français Par A.J. Lemierre. On y joint des Mélanges, des Apologues moraux, et une Description allégorique du Voyage d’un Jeune Homme au Pays du Bonheur. Nouvelle édition, Revue et Corrigée. A Londres, Chez J. Mawman, Successeur de Mr. Dilly, à la Poultry, 1801. With one plate engraved by Veelwaard and a folding coloured allegorical map. [6], 165, [9] pp. Small 8vo. Contemporary marbled boards, extremities a bit rubbed.

€ 950

Gay-Lemonnyer, Bibliographie des Ouvrages relatifs à l’Amour, Aux Femmes, Au Marriage, col. 522.
This is the second edition, revised and corrected, of a rare bilingual courtesy and etiquette book. Although the title-page suggests this was written by Lemierre d’Argy, the Advertisement states the work was composed by a “Mistress Gillet”, which is actually Robert Gillet, as other editions show where his name appears on the title-pages.
The work, with the English text on the verso and the French text on the facing recto, gives hundred moral thoughts of a lady and offers furthermore an allegorical description of a young man’s journey to the land of Happiness, a sort of Utopia. The young man’s journey starts at “Darkness” and heads for “Happiness” through the “Light of Reason”, passing the “Ocean of Experiences”, meeting “Idle”, “Obstinate”, “Instruction”, “Tedious”, “Cold”, “Dissipation”, “Disappointment” and “Misery”, but also “Patience”, “Hope”, “Knowledge”: the folding coloured map shows this journay, and the 9 unnumbered pages at the end contain the index to the map (6 pages), followed by 2 pages of general table and a blank page.
Auguste-Jacques Lemierre d’Argy was an interpreter and translator, among others by ministries and courts (conseil des prises maritimes, codirecteur du bureau de législation étrangère…), but also a bookseller in Paris. He is mostly known for his popular dramas and is often mentioned for his drama in four acts in prose Calas, ou Le fanatisme dealing with the Calas affair, which premiered in Paris 17 December 1790 at the Théâtre du Palais Royal and which was published in 1791. He was also the nephew of Antoine-Marin Lemierre (1723-1793), a poet and playwright, member of the Académie française. A very nice and charming little book.