Title: A Case of Curiosities
Author: Kurzweil, Allen
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, New York
Publication Date: 1992
Edition: First Edition. Second Printing.
Book Condition: NF
D-j Condition: VG
Comments: D-j lightly soiled. Smudge on bottom of front board. D-j chipped in one spot.
Synopsis: In France, on the eve of the Revolution, a young man named Claude Page sets out to become the most ingenious and daring inventor of his time. In the course of a career filled with violence and passion, Claude learns the arts of enameling and watchmaking from an irascible, defrocked abbé, apprentices himself to a pornographic bookseller, and applies his erotic erudition to the seduction of the wife of an impotent wigmaker. But it is Claude’s greatest device-a talking mechanical head-that both crowns his career and leads to an execution as tragic as that of Marie Antoinette, and far more bizarre.