Curious Bypaths of History: Being Medico-Historical Studies and Observations, by Dr. [Augustin] Cabanès, frontispiece by Daniel Vierge engraved on copper by F. Massé (Librairie Des Bibliophiles, Charles Carrington, Éditeur, Paris 1898, #238/500)
7″x10″, xx+367pp, black cloth with gilt titles on cover and spine (spine titles faded), front boards loose but holding, marbled endpapers, printed on “Van Gelder’s vellum paper”, gilt top edge, other edges deckled.
Charles Carrington published a series of 3 books looking into the private lives of the French aristocracy titled, “Pathological studies of the past”. The books are Secret Cabinet of History Peeped into By a Doctor (1897), Curious Bypaths of History: Being Medico-Historical Studies and Observations (1898), Flagellation in France from a medical and historical standpoint (1898). The first two and possibly the third were written by Dr. Augustin Cabanès (1862-1928), a French doctor, historian and author.
Contents of this book, Curious Bypaths of History, include: The Teeth of Louis Xi, The Clandestine Accouchements of Mdlle De La Valliere (Louise de La Vallière was a mistress of Louis XIV of France from 1661 to 1667.), Illustrious Remains And Anatomical Relics. — the Skeleton of Mme De Maintenon And the Skull of Mme De Sevigne, The Infirmities of Sophie Arnould (a very popular French operatic soprano), Was Dr. Guillotin the Inventor Or the God-Father, of the Guillotine?, the Real Charlotte Corday. — Her Personal Appearance (Marie-Anne Charlotte de Corday d’Armont was a figure of the French Revolution. In 1793, she was executed by guillotine for the assassination of Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat, who was in part responsible for the more radical course the Revolution had taken through his role as a politician and journalist.), The Superstitions of Napoleon I, A Romance With Three Actors: Alfred De Musset, George Sand, And Doctor Pagello.