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SADE, Jacques-François-Paul-Aldonce de (1705--1778)
[Mémoires pour la vie de François Pétrarque. English. Abridgments. 1775]
The life of Petrarch. Collected from Memoires pour la vie de Petrarch, in two volumes.
London: printed for James Buckland, 1775.
2 vols ; 20.5 cm. (8º)
I: xxxii, 544 p., engr. frontis.
II: [2], 560 p.

Anonymous. Translated and abridged by Susanna Dobson from the Mémoires pour la vie de François Pétrarque, first published in three volumes, 1764--67, by the abbé de Sade, not to be confused with his notorious nephew, the Marquis de Sade. Susanna Dobson (d. 1795) was the wife of Matthew Dobson, author of several medical treatises. This was her first book and Dr. Johnson noted it more or less favourably. While the work proved to be very popular and had reached a sixth edition by 1805 and although she published other works and translations, she failed to secure a place in literary circles. Additional erratum slip pasted on p. xxxii at the foot of the the errata at the end of the preface. ESTC n19854.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the frontispiece plate. A small number of marginal marks of emphasis in ink [x]; some leaf corners show signs of folding. Bookseller's price in pencil 2 vols 12/ on front free end-paper of vol. I.

Binding C18th 'catspaw' mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red and green morocco spine-labels.

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