The secret cabinet of history peeped into by a doctor.: Caban?s, Augustin. The secret cabinet of history peeped into by a doctor.: Caban?s, Augustin.

The secret cabinet of history peeped into by a doctor.

Caban?s, Augustin.

Published by Charles Carrington, Paris, 1897
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W.C. Costello's translation of Caban?s' Cabinet secret de l'histoire (premi?re s?rie), the sole edition in English and an interesting, if at times gruesome, complication of medical anecdotes, medical humor, celebrity lore, and titillation. Caban?s (1862?1928) was a medical doctor, historian, and successful writer of a goodly number of works of fiction and history, with a subspecialty of historical medical mysteries. Carrington was a leading British publisher ("abroad") of late-Victorian and Edwardian pornography/erotica for "bibliophiles," much of it flagellatory; there have been significant essays on him and his works, but Wikipedia provides one irresistible sentence: "Carrington went blind as a result of syphilis and the last few years of his life were spent in poverty as his mistress stole his valuable collection of rare books." The chapters in this publication are: A youthful indiscretion of Louis XIV, The fistula of a great king, The maladies of Louis XV, The semi-impotency of Louis XVI, The first pregnancy of Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI in private life, One of the judges of Marie-Antoinette: the surgeon Souberbielle, What was Marat's disease, Talleyrand and the doctors, The accouchement of the empress Marie-Louise, The ancestors of Marshal Mac-Mahon, and Gambetta's eye. Nicely printed, with title-page in black and red and text block issued untrimmed, this is a copy of the trade edition: There was a deluxe issue on Japan vellum limited to 30 copies. Provenance: "Virginia Pritchard Hilton-Green, my father's book." 8vo. x pp., [2[ ff., 3?239, vii, [1 (blank) pp., [4 (ads)] ff. Publisher's blue cloth stamped in blind. Minor rubbing; small tear at base of front joint (outside). Inside clean. Bookseller Inventory # 35372

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Publisher: Charles Carrington, Paris

Publication Date: 1897

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