While there were an enormous number of duplicates within the French Revolution Collection (FRC), there also quite a few duplicates with items either unrelated to FRC or cataloged before the advent of the CLIR project. For those, we are not only adding holdings records, we are also recataloging to bring the bibliographic records up to CLIR standard.
The Newberry already holds a copies of the anticlerical satire Relation véritable et remarquable du grand voyage du pape en paradis and its continuation, Relation véritable et remarquable du grand voyage du pape en enfer, by Joseph Fiévée. These send-ups lambaste Pope Pius VI personally and decry the church as a whole. At the pearly gates, for example, Saint Peter doesn’t recognize his successor, who he finds too richly dressed, and when Pius tries to enter the gate he’s too overfed to fit; the removal of some masonry is suggested as a remedy.
Most charming — and, of course, useful — about these pamphlets are the manuscript annotations on one of the duplicates of Paradis.
Il n’y a pas cent ans qu’en France un pamphlet de ce genre eût fait brûler solemnellement son auteur. Le siècle passé foutait[?] plusieurs exemples de gens grilles à bien meilleur compte. Témoins entre autres Geoffroy Vallés et Simon Marin, que au fond, n’etoient que des fous, des illuminés déraisonnants de la meilleure foi du monde, et plus dignés du Petites-maisons que du feu. Les temps sont bien changés!
Only one hundred years ago in France a pamphlet like this would have had the author burned at the stake. The past century has spat out many examples of people grilled for better reasons. Take for example, among others, Geoffroy Vallée and Simon Marin, who at bottom were nothing but madmen, raving lunatics of the best faith in the world, and better suited to asylums than to fire. The times certainly have changed!