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    Sale 2348 | Lot 196
    Price Realized: $1,188With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2348 Lot 196

      [BLOCQUEL, SIMON-FRANÇOIS.] Le Nécessaire des Dames, Véritable Trésor de la Toilette, de la Santé, et d'Économie Domestique. 4 engraved frontispieces. viii, 135, [1]; viii, 127, [1]; viii, 128; viii, 128 pages. 4 volumes. 48mo, 106x66 mm, original orange wrappers, slight soiling and wear; contents toned with varying foxing and scattered minor stains; original marbled board slipcase with lettering piece on spine and Versailles vendor's label on bottom panel, joints partly cracked. Paris: Delarue, and Lille: (Blocquel for) Castiaux, [1827]

      Estimate $800 - 1,200

      Remarkably well-preserved set of an exceedingly scarce pocket encyclopedia of personal care, housekeeping, and health maintenance for women. The first volume gives advice on personal hygiene, skin and hair care, beauty, and wardrobe; the second deals with stain removal, household cleaning, and pest control; and the third and fourth volumes contain home remedies and first aid instructions for a wide variety of complaints. The Lille printer-bookseller Blocquel (1780-1863) was a prolific publisher of almanacs, advice books, and popular literature, some of which he wrote himself. Bibliographie de la France (1827) 7633; OCLC locates only the set at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $1,188