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LE SAGE, Alain-René (1668--1747)
[Le diable boiteux. 1781]
Le diable boiteux, nouvelle édition augmentée d'Une journée des parques, et des Bequilles du diable boiteux. Par Monsieur Le Sage. Tome premier. (- quatrieme.).
A Paris chez Musier, libraire. Fournier, libraire, 1781.
4 vols ; 13.7 cm. (12º)
I: xxii, 201, [1] p.
II: iii, [1], 150 p.
III: iii, [1], 152 p.
IV: [4], 147, [5] p.

Le Sage's Spanish-inspired prose satire on Parisian society was first published in 1707. Volume I has half-title. The works of Le Sage are regarded as the greatest foreign influence on 18th-century English comic fiction. Soane attached a quotation from this work on the exhibition of Gandy's bird's-eye view of the ruins of the Bank of England at the Royal Academy in 1830, cat. no. 1052 (Graves: vol. IV, p. 203). 'Les Bequilles ...' (vol. IV, pp. 60--76) is by Laurent Bordelon. 'Une Journée Des Parques, Songe. Par M. Le Sage, ...' (pp. [77]--147) has special title-leaf.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper of vol. I in a careful hand John Soane Augst: 1792, and in pencil, John & William/ Rogers, S[illegible]. Verso of half title inscribed in pencil 3/4. Volume II has an inscription in pencil on free-endpaper, giving directions to the Green Man & Squirrel/ on Wingfield Plain/ 1 Mile from Cranbourn/ House ... [6 further lines]. The inscription John Soane/ 1792 repeated on front free-endpaper of vol. III.

Binding C18th sheep, gilt-ruled spine, no spine-label or title, gilt-tooled volume numbers.

Reference Number 1007


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