THERE are works, as there are men, which are better than their reputation. The former have been injured by their readers, the latter by their evil company. Casanova's com¬pany was of the worst, and for a long time his readers were very nearly to match. He was read at the age of unhealthy curiosity; the complacently detailed list, with all the names in place, of his bonnes fortunes, the tale of his erotic prowess, the be¬wildering chronicle of his facile loves, served as a pasturage for boyish or senile imaginations. Hence the notoriety which has emblazoned his Memoirs. But gradually another kind of curiosity fastened on him—that of research. Men of learning, critics, historians, perceived in this rich tissue of cosmopolitan intrigues and adventures the thread of a genuine destiny; and these have found in the Memoirs, not the too-faithful portrait of a professional libertine, but one of those vivid, fresh, original documents which help to construct the history of a whole social epoch. Much has been written on Casanova's Memoirs. A copious bibliography could easily be made of the books, articles, and pamphlets which he has inspired. An erudite Dane, M. Tage E. Bull, whom nothing that concerns the Venetian adventurer has escaped, is now engaged in collect¬ing the materials for such a work with equal competence and zeal. Casanova travelled all over Europe, sowing reminiscences in every capital of the eighteenth century; and so he has "fervents" and friends almost everywhere. There are Casanovists in Copenhagen, and they are to be found in Madrid, Prague, and Constantinople also. But three countries stand out in this bibliographical emulation: Italy, because Casanova was a Venetian; Germany, because he left his manuscripts on German soil; France, because he wrote in French. And three names, three works, stand out too, with clear authority: F. W. Barthold, with his Geschichtlichen Perscmliclikeiten in J. Casanova's Memorien; This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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