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ROLLIN, Charles (1661--1741)
De la maniere d'enseigner et d'etudier les belles-lettres par rapport à l'esprit et au coeur. Par M. Rollin, ... Tome premier (- quatrième). Nouvelle edition.
A Paris chez les freres Etienne, 1768.
4 vols ; 16.4 cm. (12º)
I: xxvi, lxxxx, 434, [2] p.
II: 576, [4] p.
III: x, 479, [5] p.
IV: [4], 604 p.

The Soane copy is a mixed set with tome IV in the 1755 edition ([6], 701, [11] p. ; 16.6 cm.), with imprint at end 'De l'Imprimerie de la Veuve Quillau'; the pagination given above for tome IV is from the copy held by the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Imprint in tomes II--IV reads: Chez les Freres Estienne. Originally published in 1726--28 and first translated into English in 1734. After John Locke, Charles Rollin was probably the most authoritative writer on education in eighteenth-century Europe. While more famous for his historical works (q.v.), his reforms in the method of teaching the classics found their best expression in this study of language and expression, drawn from his lectures as rector of the university of Paris.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting tome IV, which is present in the 1755 edition. Tomes I--III have a bookseller's label attached to the front pastedowns reading in part 'Se vend à Nancy, chez Dalancourt, libraire, rue des Dominicains, vis à vis les Dames de Sainte Elisabeth, Nº 111. Ce libraire tient une cabinet littéraire ...'. The no 111 has been substituted in ink '168'. Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper No. 191. Bookseller's hieroglyphics in ink on rear free-endpapers.

Binding C18th 'catspaw' mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red morocco spine-labels; volume IV has different tooled devices.

Reference Number 3851


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