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A Paris, De l'Imprimerie de Monsieur, 1779. Woodcut French royal arms on titles, 2 woodcut head-pieces and several tail-pieces. 2 volumes in one. xxxvi, 267, (1) pp.; (4), 335, (1) pp. 8vo. Contemporary tree calf, spine gilt with red label with gilt lettering, joints lightly rubbed, upper joint with small split at head and foot. INED 1682; not in Kress; not in Goldsmiths; not in Einaudi. First edition of this classic study of the sociology of gambling by the reformed cambling addict Dusaulx. Dusaulx clearly sets the blame for the spread of gambling and the decline of public morals on the government's political and financial interests. 'Although much of the evidence which Dusaulx, himself an ex-gambler, marshals is only what had been said before, part of his originality lies in his very forthright interpretation of the facts, and part of it lies in his much greater reliance on striking illustrations, intended to appeal to the reader's sensibilities more than to his purely rational faculties' (J. Dunkley, Gambling: a Social and Moral Problem in France, 1685-1792, pp. 145-152).Dusaulx blames Mazarin for introducing cards at court to prolong Louis XIV's minority, and thus placed the nobility on a steady course to ruin, and he blames John Law for introducing the country to a novel form of gambling, i.e. speculation, which spread to wide sections of the population. But the root of it all is the introduction of state lotteries, which implicitly sanctions and encourages private gambling. The governements which organise them, contribute to the moral depravation of their subjects. Although the study is mainly concerned with gambling in France there are other interesting chapters involving stories of gambling in other countries, including a translation of the Emperor of China's edicts on gambling.'Du jeu, au point de vue historique et moral. Seconde partie, chapitres XLIII-L sur les loteries. Dusaulx relève les erreurs de Jean Le Clerc à leur sujet, et conclut, à l'instar du Parlement de Paris, que 'ses coupables jeux sont la ruine du pauvre Peuple'' (INED).Dusaulx himself was caught by the passion for the game and was financially ruined by it. In 1775 he wrote a book Lettre et réflexions sur la fureur du jeu, in which he analyzed the psychology of the player-gambler and showed how he had liberated himself from this vice. He became later partisan of the 'philosophes' and founded 'La Musée français' in december 1784.The book was printed at the press of Monsieur, later Louis XVIII. - Last four leaves with small loss in outer blank margin and with a very light stain in upper outer margin, with the bookplate of J. Maugin on the front paste-down. A good copy. N° de ref. de la librería

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Descripción A Paris de l'Imprimerie de Monsieur, 1779. FIRST EDITION. 2 parts in one volume. 8vo, 193 x 121 mms., pp. xxxvi, 267 [268 blank]; [iv], 335 [336 blank], including half-title for each part, with woodcut of French Royal arms on title-page, and engraved head-pieces to each part,contemporary quarter French calf, marbled boards (soiled), spine gilt to floral motif, red morocco label (chipped); spine rubbed and dried, corners worn. With an inscription in French dated 1 January 1779 on the recto of the front free end-paper and another on the verso of the half-title. A reformed or retired gambler himself, Jean Dusaulx (1728-1799) fulminates against the iniquity of gambling and its dire social and personal consequences. A French politician, he was also a scholar, a translator of Juvenal, and a disciple of Rousseau. He was president of the Conseil des Anciens, and in that position he actively sought to suppress lotteries, games of chance, and most forms of gambling. So far as I can tell, it was in the latter part of the 18th century that a concern emerged for the psychological make-up of the gambler; that perception of the gambler became more prominent in social discourse than on the social differences between various forms of gambling. Curiously, not in Kress, Goldsmiths' or Einaudi. Nº de ref. de la librería 8776

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