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"Delon’s anthology display[s] the dazzling breadth and depth of the 18th-century obsession with pleasures of the flesh.
Certainly The Libertine is as lavish — with its sumptuous illustrations of luscious Rococo nudes and other toothsome lovelies — as an 18th-century bal masqué. But Delon’s analogy understates the dizzying diversity of the ball’s invitees. Priapic peasants, depraved duchesses, masked miscreants, sexy sylphs, coy mistresses, foot fetishists, human sofas (!) and a surprising abundance of naughty nuns: These raunchy revelers engage in one decadent mating dance after another, tirelessly chasing “it,” and gamely explaining why it matters."
—The New York Times
"Highly recommended for sophisticated readers, art historians, and Francophiles."
"The most seductive book published this year. A boudoir coffee-table book that will put your guests in the proper frame of mind."
"Prepare to be seduced by The Libertine, a swoon-worthy tome that celebrates the French practice of amour. A parade of frolicking lovers gorgeously reproduced."
—Newsday, holiday gift guide selection