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ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques (1712--1778)
[Confessions. 1783]
Les confessions de J.J. Rousseau, suivies des rêveries du promeneur solitaire. Tome premier. (second.)
A Geneve 1783.
2 vols; 17.4 cm. (12º)
I: [4], 322, [2] p.
II: [4], 401, [3] p.

First published posthumously in 1782 together with the unfinished Rêveries du promeneur solitaire (q.v.), Rousseau's Confessions, widely regarded as the first modern autobiography, was one of Soane's closest companions in times of trouble. Hooked on Books 7.2.

Copy Notes On the front free-endpaper of volume I of this copy Soane has drawn a pen-and-ink sketch of Rousseau's tomb on the Île des Peupliers in the park at Ermenonville. Below this he has written in ink Entre ces peupliers paisibles / Reste Jean Jacques Rousseau. / Approchez coeurs vraies & sensibles. / Votre Ami dort sous ce tombeau and J.J. Rousseau died at Dammartin / in France 2d July 1778. The front free-endpapers of volume II are inscribed in pencil Quand vous me verrez pret / à mourir, portez moi à / l'ombre d'un chêne; je / vous promets que j'en / reviendrai. Soane has also pencilled numerous vocabulary notes in the margins of some pages in both volumes, and numerous page references etc. are marked in ink and pencil on the rear free-endpapers of vol. I and the endpapers and pastedowns of vol. II. Also on the front free-endpaper of vol. II some calculations and notes in pencil, e.g. Kings Arms and Model of Windows.

Binding Contemporary C18th tree calf, gilt-tooled spines, red and black morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 1024


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