Magasin Enigmatique, by ALLETZ, Pons Augustin (1703-1785).

ALLETZ, Pons Augustin (1703-1785).

Magasin Enigmatique, contenant un grand nombre d’Enigmes ingénieuses, choisies entre toutes celles qui ont paru depuis près d’un Siecle. Paris, la Veuve Duchesne, 1767.

First Edition. 12mo, pp. viii, 376, in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, brown morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges.

A ‘shop of riddles’, this scarce volume of poetry includes three hundred and thirty-seven enigmatic poems or verse riddles on subjects as diverse as the moon, the game of chess, glasses (‘nous sommes deux soeurs de même âge’), carnivals, fables, the opera and a pearl necklace. A key to the solutions is found at the back of the work.

OCLC lists BN, Sainte-Geneviève, Rennes, Lyon, Copenhagen and BL.

Cioranescu 7812.

Keywords: Continental Books
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