Title: The Livre Rouge, or Red Book: being a list of secret pensions, paid out of the public treasure of France: and containing characters of the persons pensioned, anecdotes of their lives, an account of their service. And observations tending to shew the reasons for which the pensions were granted. Translated from the eighth Paris edition, 1790
Author: La Reynie de La Bruyère, Jean-Baptiste-Marie-Louis
Publisher: London, Printed for G. Kearsley
A first edition of this work commonly attributed to La Reynie, entirely printed in red. Originally published in Paris, the first French edition pretended to be an official list of pensioners published by the French government. It was published to embarrass the ruling class, displaying them as a group of parasitic bourgeoisie living off a tax burdened working class. More than likely, it was specifically targeted to attract the attention of Louis XVI and his finance minister Jacques Necker, to remind them of the excesses that the government had heaped upon the privileged ruling class.
One volume in octavo, 163 pages
On note of condition, this book is in poor shape, with both boards and the title page being detached, though the rest of the book is firmly kept to the spine, with minor amounts of foxing and staining present.