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ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques (1712--1778)
[Confessions. 1782]
Les confessions de J.J. Rousseau, suivies des Rêveries du promeneur solitaire. Tome premier. (Tome II.)
A Geneve 1782.
2 vols ; 19.9 cm. (8º)
I: [4], 471, [1] p., engr. frontis.
II: [4], 280, 295, [1] p.

Rousseau's Confessions are widely regarded as the first modern autobiography; their appeal to Soane can be judged by the inscriptions in his copy of the 1783 edition in the library (q.v.). They were composed in two parts, the first dealing with the first thirty years of Rousseau's life and the second with the next twenty-four. Both were published posthumously; the first part together with the unfinished Rêveries du promeneur solitaire in 1782 and the Seconde partie des confessions, dealing with the next twenty-four years, in 1789 (q.v.). Several editions including the present one appeared in 1782; this edition has a flower ornament on the title-page and woodcut head pieces. Volume II has half-title reading 'Les Confessions De J.J. Rousseau.'. Contents: vol. I: Livres I--IV; -- vol. II: Livres V--VI, and Les rêveries: Promenades I--X.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title to vol. I. Front free-endpaper to vol. I inscribed in pencil 4 Vol 12/, and in ink at the top fore-edge 1112/4. Bought as a set with the Seconde partie des confessions, 1789 (q.v.).

Binding C18th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt edgings, gilt-tooled spine with sunbursts, red and black spine-labels. Bound uniformly with the two volumes of the Seconde partie des confessions, 1789 (q.v.).

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