Almanach du Diable
A French almanac containing predictions for the years 1737
and 1738 and purported to be published from hell. The book,
which was a satire against the Jansenists, was suppressed on account
of some over-bold predictions and became very rare. The
authorship was ascribed to Quesnel, an ironmonger at Dijon.
The Jansenists replied with a pamphlet directed against the Jesuits,
which was also suppressed. Entitled Almanac de Dieu and
dedicated to M. Carré de Montgeron, it was published in 1738
and claimed satirically to be printed in heaven.