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OLIVIER, J., abbé
[L'infortuné Napolitain. English. 1725]
Memoirs of the life and adventures of Signor Rozelli, late of the Hague. Giving a particular account of his birth, education, slavery, monastick state, imprisonment in the Inquisition at Rome, and the different figures he has since made, as well in Italy, as in England, France, and Holland. The whole being a series of the most diverting history, and surprizing events, ever yet made publick. The third edition, corrected; and adorn'd with curious copper-cutts.
London: printed for F. Fayram; J. Bowyer; and A. Roper: and sold by J. Isted, 1725.
[12], 355, [1] p., add engr. t.-pl., [3] pl. ; 18.4 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By the Abbé Olivier. Another issue (ESTC n72298) omits Fayram and Bowyer from the imprint. A translation, supposedly by Daniel Defoe, of Abbé Olivier's picaresque novel L'infortuné napolitain, which had first appeared in Paris in 1704. The translation, from the second edition of the French, was first published in 1709; A continuation of the life and adventures of Signor Rozelli appeared in 1724 (q.v.). The final page contains seaprate publishers' advertisements for books sold by Abel Roper and by Jonah Bowyer, the former including the Continuation. ESTC t155080.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on the title-page Charles Smith and N:24:. The preface (sig. A2) is misbound to follow the four leaves of contents. This and the Continuation bound as two volumes in a set of works by or attributed to Defoe uniformly bound in volumes, which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Life Of Rozelli Vol. I.'.

Reference Number 778


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