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RICHARDSON, Samuel (1689--1761)
[Clarissa. French. 1751]
Lettres angloises, ou histoire de Miss Clarisse Harlove. Tome premier (-- sixieme). Premiere (seconde) partie.
A Londres [i.e. Paris]:, chez Nourse, libraire,, 1751.
6 vols ; 16.7 cm. (12º)
I: [8], 326; [4], 240 p., [5] pl.
II: [4], 287, [1]; [4], 238 p., [4] pl.
III: [4], 227, [1]; [4], 225, [1], [4] pl.
IV: [4], 283, [1]; [4], 286 p., [2] pl.
V: [4], 277, [1]; [4], 282 p., [2] pl.
VI: [4], 366; [4], 387, [1] p., [4] pl.

The English original was first published in 1747--48 in seven volumes (q.v.). This is the first edition of the translation by Prévost d'Exiles. The imprint is false; published in Paris by Pierre-Nicolas Delormel and probably printed in France, based on the typographical evidence (see BNF catalogue). Prévost's translations of Richardson, especially Clarissa, were hugely influential on the development of the French novel and his translation of Sir Charles Grandison appeared in 1755--6 as Nouvelles lettres angloises (1772 ed., q.v.). Each volume is in two parts with separate title-page, half-title, pagination and register. The plates are engraved by Jean-Baptiste Delafosse, Pierre François Tardieu and others after Charles Eisen and Jacques Jean Pasquier. Tome III part II has an additional half-title leaf (sig. [A1]) following the title-page. ESTC n19309.

Copy Notes 'Clarissa 6' bought from Thomas Boone for 9s., 24 April 1806. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price and cyphers in pencil on the vol. I first front free-endpaper; another (earlier, possibly French?) bookseller's inscription on the second front free-endpaper. Large French marquis's armorial bookplate in each volume facing half title.

Binding C18th calf, covers sprinkled and stained in a pattern of lozenges and quadrefoils, gilt-tooled spines, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 1020

Additional Names Thomas Boone; Prévost d'Exiles, Antoine François (1697--1763)

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