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6. A Necrology of Knowledge, Culture and Folly

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The publication that appeared in 1781, De mensch van zijne zwakke zijde, translated from the German, is one of the few satirical works Blussé ever published. The records of the Tirion Company, which ran from 1779 to 1810, are a clear indication that Pieter was not exaggerating when he included this takeover among his 'sweetest fruits'. Among these well-known names there were also a great number of reading clubs and commentators, however, and it is fair to suspect that Bougainville's lust for adventure was shared by more than 347 individuals. It is not surprising that Blussé made every effort to secure the right to publish the Walloon Cantiques, nor that he put forward his son Adolph to do the printing. Blussé's edition of Lavater's Physiognomiekunde (Handbook for the Study of Physiognomy) was probably of little use to eighteenth-century readers because of the virtual absence of illustrations.

Keywords: bougainville; physiognomy; publisher's list; Tirion company



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