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Le Quadragénaire, ou l'âge de renoncer aux passions; histoire utile à plus d'un lecteur

Illustrated by André Dutertre (French, 1753–1842), Engraved by Jean Charles Baquoy (French, 1721–1777), Engraved by Louis S. Berthet (French, active from 1775–1806), Author Nicolas Edmé Restif de la Bretonne (French, 1734–1806), Publisher Nicolas Bonaventure Duchesne (French, died in 1765)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 873; J.R. Childs, Restif de la Bretonne, p. 245


Overall (each volume): 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm (6 11/16 x 4 1/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 15 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Geneva, and Paris: la veuve Duchêne, 1777) Octavo, two volumes; [v. 1] 122 leaves, plus 8 plates; [v. 2] 128 leaves, plus 7 plates; blind- and gilt-stamped sprinkled brown calf

Illustrations to stories on achieving the age of forty.

Geneva, and Paris: la veuve Duchêne, 1777


Acquired in 1927 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent