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ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques (1712--1778)
[Nouvelle Héloïse. English. 1776]
Eloisa: or, a series of original letters collected and published by J.J. Rousseau. Translated from the French. In four volumes. ... A new edition.
London: printed for T. Becket, 1776.
4 vols ; 17.2 cm. (12º)
I: lxi, [1], 6, 291, [1] p., [1] pl., frontis.
II: [4], 285, [1] p., [1] pl., frontis.
III: [4], 295, [1] p., [1] pl., frontis.
IV: [4], 252, [4] p., [1] pl., frontis.

William Kenrick's translation of La nouvelle Héloïse first appeared in 1761, the year of the book's original publication in Amsterdam. Rousseau's epistolary novel about a young man's requited love for a virtuous wife, drawing on his frustrated love for Mme. d'Houdetot, was one of the most important of the eighteenth century and is regarded as a forerunner of the Romantic novel. 'A dialogue between a man of letters and Mr. J.J. Rousseau, on the subject of romances. ... ' (a translation of 'Préface de la Nouvelle Héloïse'), published separately in 1761, is here reprinted after the preface by the translator in vol. I, pp. [xvii]--lxi. An account of the work taken from the Journal des Sçavans for June 1761 is included after the prefaces to vol. I, p. [1]--[6]. The plates are engraved by Hubert Gravelot. Advertisement of books printed for T. Becket at end of vol. IV. ESTC n828.

Copy Notes Wanting half-titles? Bought for 13s. on 8 July 1784 (SNB). Some MS annotations in pencil in French in vol. IV.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt edges, gilt-tooled spines, red and olive morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 427


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