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This is the complete two volume first edition of Alexandre Jean B Parent-Duchatelet’s De la Prostitution dans La Ville de Paris, published by Baillière in 1836.
The covers, leather spines and marbled boards, are in good condition, with light edge wear, including the outside corners and ends of the spines, at which the wear is shallow but apparent, and with scuffs to the sides of the spines, which are straight, and on which the gilt lettering and decoration are unfaded.
There are pencil notations to the end pages, and stamps on the title page (Ex Libris Caroli Coindet Med. & Chir. Doct.) There are no attached stamps or like additions. I’ve found no writing throughout the body pages. The bindings are tight, with no loose or missing pages.
All the graphics, including the several fold-out charts and map, are in excellent condition, with no notable tears, no looseness at the gutters, and no fade to the art or lettering. There is recurrent foxing throughout both volumes, most of which is light, and none of which obscures the text. Different groups of pages have creases to their lower outside corners, but there are no tears or missing material.
The accompanying photos are accurate reflections of the range of conditions.

De la Prostitution dans La Ville de Paris, Considérée Sous Le Rapport de l’Hygiène Publique, de la Morale et de l’Administration; ouvrage Appuyé de Documens Statistiques Puisés dans les archives de la Préfecture de police.

A rare, first edition by french physician Alexandre Jean-Baptiste Parent du Châtelet, (29 September 1790- 7 March 1836) published posthumously in 1836. He spent almost eight years observing and developing guidelines for dealing with prostitution. He recognized the impossibility of abolishing prostitution, and deemed it necessary to regulate it, in order to render it less dangerous.
This work is a compendium of the history of prostitution and crime in Paris. Parent found source material from documents in police archives, as well as field interrogation and statistical surveys. It inspired many writers of the second half of the eighteenth century, including Eugène Sue whose serial novel The Mysteries of Paris inthralled hundreds of thousands readers of Le Journal des Débats.

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    De la Prostitution dans La Ville de Paris Alexandre

    Estimate $200 - $300Jan 11, 2018
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