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GOUDAR, Ange (1720--1791)
L'espion chinois: ou, l'envoye secret de la cour de Pekin, pour examiner l'etat présent de l'Europe. Traduit du chinois. Tome premier (-- sixieme).
A Cologne [i.e. London?]: 1764.
6 vols ; 16.6 cm. (12º)
I: viii, 303, [1] p., engr. frontis.
II: [2], 310 p., engr. frontis.
III: [2], 308 p., engr. frontis.
IV: [2], 330 p.
V: [2], 284 p.
VI: [2], 281, [1] p.

Anonymous. By the Montpellier-born writer and adventurer Ange Goudar, and derived perhaps from Casanova. In the form of letters from the different cities of Europe, presenting a critique of European society and politics from the perspective of fictional Chinese visitors in the tradition of Montesquieu's celebrated Lettres persanes, 1721. The imprint is false; printed in London, according to a reviewer in the Monthly Review, vol. 31 (1764) p. 634; or, in Holland, according to E.O. Weiler, Die falschen und fingirten druckorte, 2. Bd (1864), p. 167. ESTC t122381.

Copy Notes Front free-endpaper inscribed in pencil 6 tom 12--.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-tooled spine with coronets above interlaced device, red and black morocco spine-labels, the upper reading 'L'Espeon [sic] Chinois'.

Reference Number 1032


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