I think I may have found the book Westcott copied from:
https://www.abebooks.fr/edition-origina ... 8607003/bd
although I am not 1035 Euros curious to see if I am right. But if anyone gets it, or has it, I'd certainly like a pdf of the first 3 essays.
If you click on the left-hand small image below the two pages featured, you will see the date on the title page of the first essay, the 3rd Cahier, as 1783.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8YufsJv_yGU/ ... 7003_2.jpg
We can't see the title page of the next essay, Fragment sur les hautes sciences. Wicked Pack (p. 84) says it was published in 1785. We do have a view of the essay "Jeu des tarots", no date listed..
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-L0XwdHYpLug/ ... 7003_5.jpg
The title page for the last essay, the 4th Cahier, is shown as 1785.
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FTv7igmZkEQ/ ... 003.v2.jpg
Notice that the "date d'edition" in Abe Books' description in small print below Etteilla's name is given as 1783 - a stretch, given that the Fragment and 4th Cahier weren't published until 1785. 1783 is only the date of the first essay. Probably Westcott made the same error.
Given that the first essay is a reprint, or at least a rebinding, and probably the second one as well (written in Nov. 1784, Wicked Pack
, p. 84, says, so published some months before the 4th Cahier). and since in reprinting or rebinding they also leave the original title page, with its date of publication unchanged, we have no idea when this particular collection of essays was actually printed.
I see that the British Library, for "Jeu des tarots", gives 1788 as the date of publication. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/jeu-des- ... ef_results
). How they got that is not clear, but it seems reasonable enough. There is no question mark after the date,to suggest uncertainty. They do put a question mark after their suggestion that Etteilla is the author, also reasonable. They dutifully list the place of publication as "Memphis", but suggest Paris as another possibility. Not only that, but at the bottom of the WorldCat page we have another author, Hermes Trismegistus -- presumably not in Paris.
Another WorldCat listing is for a microfilm edition of the book, derived from the copy at Chantilly (https://www.worldcat.org/title/jeu-des- ... ef_results
). For date of publication it has "1785?". Also reasonable. It suggests Amsterdam as the real place of publication, with no question mark. and in particular "Chez Mad. veuve Lesclapart", who I'd guess was not in Amsterdam personally. It is 12 pages long.
Since the online picture of the title page of "Jeu des tarots" says "a Memphis" on it (as reported), perhaps it has the temple- engraving, too, if not in its original, then in its reprint or rebinding. Or it was added to the 3rd Cahier, which does deal with all 78 of the cards. It is indeed not totally clear that this essay is actually by Etteilla, since his name does not appear on the title page. There is "by the same author", referring to a book on how to read French cards, 3rd edition, which likely is Etteilla. Wicked Pack
mentions such a 3rd edition of his first book, published 1783.
The only Etteilla-related publication I have scans of that fits the description of dream-interpretation is the "Songes Expliques et Representes par 74 figures" published in 1809 Lille by Blocquel and Castiaux. It has Etteilla's images plus a bunch from oracle decks. It seems very much derivative from other things; perhaps that "jeu des tarots" is one of them, via d'Odoucet, who was in house-arrest in that city from 1804 until the last mention of him in 1808, when his arrest was ordered due to absence longer than approved (Wicked Pack
p. 108). is much longer than 12 pages, more like 126 plus 42 pages with images, some double and some single; but the pages are booklet sized. There is no explicit reference to tarot. The introductory explication is 12 pages, however, with plenty of reference to the "livre de Thot" as all-important, and very much in Etteilla's style.
Added next day: I have corrected the information about D'Odoucet in Lille: he didn't make trips to Lille; he was sent there by the police on house-arrest. I also have added links to the three title pages that Abe Books has images of, in case the Abe Books page should one day disappear. Abe Books has two other images, one of an engraving on one of the pages and the other of the book itself, showing how thick and worn it is.
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x1zZouogM8w/ ... 7003_3.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zDv29xomgD0/ ... 7003_4.jpg
In relation to this last, Wicked Pack
quotes from a 4 page pamphlet in 1789 entitled Livre de Thot
referring the reader to his book on [io]Tarots[/i], in two bound volumes (p. 89, their translation and comment in brackets):
If, holding in your hands the Book of Thoth, price £ 6 [underlined], you don't understand me, take six lessons for £ 3 each from myself or my pupil, M. D'Odoucet, or else buy the book on Tarots (2 bound volumes, 1200 pages with many figures, price £ 12).
The volume pictured does look 600 pages long. It is probably one of the 2 volumes. So the book Westcott is referring to was produced sometime between 1785 and 1789. Given that the other volume probably contains, besides Cahiers 1 and 2, such things as the Lecons and other things published in 1787, as well as the supplements to 1 and 2 (that to the 2nd Cahier was published 1786, per Wicked Pack
, p. 84)), I would guess 1788 as the most probable.