c1800 The Adventures of Telemachus, the Son of Ulysses
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Illustrated, Leather Binding
This is a lovely pocket-sized edition of John Hawkesworth's translation of François Fénelon's controversial novel. Written to fill a time gap in Homer's 'Odyssey', the tale follows Odysseus' son Telemachus and his tutor, Mentor, actually the goddess Minerva in disguise. Fénelon (1651-1715) was Archbishop of Cambrai in France, and was tutor to Louis XIV's grandson Duc de Bourgogne, and upon its anonymous publication in 1699, the novel was immediately recognised as being an attack on the autocracy, rejecting warfare and luxury for a simple, pastoral life of peace, honesty and brethrenship.
This elegant two volume copy is in a full mottled calf binding, with delicate gilding to the spine. It contains a number of wonderful full plate illustrations.
Undated, dated from ESTC citation no. N16231.
Externally generally smart, some shelfwear to the spine and extremities. Internally firmly bound, foxing to endpapers, otherwise pages bright and clean.
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