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THE SPECTATOR ...
[Spectator. Selections. French. 1755]
Le spectateur, ou le Socrate moderne où l'on voit un portrait naïf des mœurs de ce siécle. Traduit de l'anglois. Nouvelle edition, revue, corrigée & augmentée. Tome premier (- troisieme).
A Paris chez Merigot, père et fils. Hochereau l'aíné. Robustel. Le Loup. Brocas l'aíné, 1755.
3 vols ; 25.5 cm. (4º)
I: iv, [2], 564 p.
II: [2], 536 p.
III: [2], 368, 166 p.

A translation of a selection of 560 essays by Addison, Steel and others that had originally appeared in The Spectator and its spurious continuation by William Bond. The first French edition was published in Amsterdam in six volumes between 1714 and 1726, to which seventh and eighth volumes were added in 1750 and 1754. 'Le traducteur des six premiers volumes n'est pas connu; la "France littéraire" de Formey attribué à Elie de Joncourt la traduction du 7e volume. On peut lui attribuer aussi celle du 8e.' See A.A. Barbier Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes et pseudonymes (Paris 1806--08), vol. 4, col. 560. The present edition, also issued in 9 volumes duodecimo, includes a supplement of 62 additional essays which had initially been omitted as less interesting to readers outside England, forming a ninth duodecimo volume.

Copy Notes Inscription in ink on front free-endpaper of each volume D 143 Nº 10. Volume III is intermittently annotated with marginalia in pencil in Soane's hand, giving cross references to a set in the original English which correspond to the 1767 edition (q.v.), acquired by Soane in 1774 at the age of 21. Also inserted at p. 221 is a small [hand-made visiting] card with an ink inscription: 'Miss Woodmeston / Albion Place'; on verso some notes in pencil in Soane's hand of Latin notes and page references not apparently related to this volume. Miss Woodmeston was a cousin of Mrs Soane and tenant at the Albion Place property.

Binding C18th French 'catspaw' mottled sheep, blind-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spines with pomegranate motif in first, fourth, fifth and sixth compartments, red and green morocco spine-labels in second and third compartments, and gilt-tooled armorial stamp [of Charles-Alexandre de Calonne?] in seventh compartment, marbled endpapers.

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