[Jean Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens]
- Therese Philosophe, ou Memoires pour servir à l'Histoire de D. Dirrag & de Mademoiselle Eradice. Edition correcte, & corrigée. The Hague [but Paris, c.1749]
As stated in the introduction to the catalogue of his library at Broomhill, Sir David Salomons collected "the finest Illustrated books, in the best states, produced in England and France". The French portion of this fine library focused on illustrated books printed between 1740 and 1790, when "Illustrators were most profuse with their Work and in their prime...no work before or since has equalled that of this period".
Of the numerous literary interpretations of the story, Thérèse Philosophe remains the most famous. Sometimes attributed to Xavier d'Arles de Montigny, it is now widely accepted as the work of the Marquis d'Argens, first identified by the Marquis de Sade in 1797. The title includes anagrams of both Cadière ("Eradice") and Girard ("Dirrag").
The publication history of Thérèse Philosophe is notoriously complicated, with all early editions bearing an undated Hague imprint to avoid prosecution and each known in very few copies. This is believed to be the third edition, following the first edition published in Liège without illustrations and the second in Paris in the same year (with borders around the text).