The Saint-Aubins' 'Book of Arses': The Livre de Caricatures tant bonnes que mauvaises

The project is focussed on a highly unusual book of eighteenth-century caricatures, the 'Livre de caricatures tant bonnes que mauvaises', composed between the 1740s and the 1770s by the Saint-Aubin brothers and associates.
The Project aims to digitise the volume (which contains 387 pages) and to place it on the web in the form of a critical edition.

Principal investigator
Professor Colin Jones
Principal project staff
Colin Jones, Pippa Shirley, Juliet Carey
Start date
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Completion date
Monday, March 1, 2010
Source material
Unusual eighteenth-century book of caricatures, 'Livre des caricatures tant bonnes que mauvaises' which is held at Waddesdon Manor. The book is a collective entreprise, composed by the Saint-Aubin brothers, notably Charles-Germain, and appears to have been composed between the 1740s and 1770s. It was familiarly known as their livre de culs ('book of arses'), and is shot through with an irreverent and sometimes politically dangerous humour.

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