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FÉNELON, François de Salignac de La Mothe (1651--1715)
[Avantures de Télémaque. 1734]
Les avantures de Telemaque, fils d'Ulysse par feu Messire François de Salignac, de la Mothe Fénélon, ... Nouvelle edition, conforme au manuscrit original, et enrichie de figures en taille-douce.
A Amsterdam chez J. Wetstein & G. Smith, & Zacharie Chatelain. A Rotterdam chez Jean Hofhout, 1734.
[4], X, XXVII, [1], 424 p., engr. frontis., engr. port., [24] pl. ; 27.5 cm. (4º)

Edited by Gabriel Jacques de Salignac, Marquis de la Mothe Fénelon. The author was tutor to the grandson of Louis XIV and was consecrated archbishop of Cambray in 1695. First published in 1699, Télémaque was suppressed in France but widely published outside and in translation. The author transformed the adventures of Ulysses' son in search of his father into a novel of education with political connotations. The work is prophetic of the age of Rousseau in its fervent denunciation of war, the belief in nature and the fraternity of nations. Includes 'Discours De La Poesie Epique, ...', by Andrew Michael Ramsay. The Soane copy is one of the rare copies containing the 'Ode.' at the end of the volume (pp. [419]-424), which was suppressed by order of the Court. Title-page printed in red and black, with braces in imprint. Errors in pagination. Brunet II, 1214.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on front pastedown Picarts Plates 2:2:0/ Very fine Copy 24 Plates and Portrait.

Binding Contemporary C18th marbled calf, gilt-tooled borders with hounds, hares and stags in interlaced flowers and leaves, gilt panels with centrepiece, gilt-tooled spine with centre lozenge and French corner tools, red morocco spine-label, blue and red sprinkled fore-edges.

Reference Number 448


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