Asmodeus in New-York. Ferdinand? LONGCHAMP.

Asmodeus in New-York

New-York: Longchamp & Co., 1868. First English Language Edition. French author's interpretation of living conditions in post-bellum New York City as described by the devil Asmodeus, based on Le Sage's "Lame Devil," who is released from captivity in order to reveal "to the world the mysteries of Spanish society" (p. [9]). Among the aspects of New York life revealed by this version of Asmodeus is to "what cost luxury is obtained," "how tenants may pay their house-rents with little trouble to themselves," the city's "judiciary world and institutions," how "gambling, though prohibited by law, is an ordinary pastime," and "how and where the good people of New-York pass their evenings and spend their money, with little profit to their morals." The author also takes a certain amount of glee in juxtaposing in the same chapter a visit to an insane asylum with a visit to a political club; in another chapter "the reader assists at some religious services, intermixed with dancing and sundry recreations." See Howes 446 for the first (Paris, 1868) edition; SABIN 54097. Small octavo (18.5cm.); publisher's terracotta blind-ruled cloth, gilt-lettered spine, brown glazed endpapers; vii,[8]-378pp. Boards rather scuffed and a bit soiled, corners bumped, else Very Good, internally sound.

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