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Lettres de Deux Amans, Habitans d'une petite Ville au pied des Alpes

[Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise]

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau

1761- Amsterdam [i.e. London]- Chez Marc Michel Rey 

7" by 4"; [12] 228, [4], 171, [1]; [4], 135, [1], [4], 183, [1]; [4], 166, [2], [4], 162, [2] pp 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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A scarce English piracy of this famous work by Jean Jacques Rousseau.

Issued in the same year as the first edition. The imprint is false and does not match the true first. The style and typography are English and title page ornaments attributed to John Haberkorn. (ESTC T228413)

Six volumes bound in three, each with separate title page in red and black, and each with separate half title.

Collated: ESTC claims an additional preface at the start of Part 2 which this copy lacks however it appears as originally issued without.

McEachern defines two variants of Type 6: 6A has C2 of Vol 2 Correct, 6B has it mis-signed at F2. (McEachern 6A)

Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise is an epistolary novel which displays Rousseau's philosophical theories of autonomy and authenticity as moral values. An extremely popular work, it was a best-seller of the century, with publishers unable to fill the increasing demand for copies and ultimately having to rent copies by the day or the hour. As such, many pirated copies became available, such as this set. These piracies are increasingly rare on the market. This edition's known holdings in the UK are the British Library, Birmingham University Library and The National Trust.

An important work in its time and in the literary canon, it developed Rousseau's Romanticism and was an influential work for other writers of the age. As it was a novel, it at first escaped the censorship many of Rousseau's works were subject to, however was at length put on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, perhaps contributing to, rather than hindering, its lasting success. 

CONDITION

In original full calf bindings with raised bands. Externally, smart with some light rubbing and bumping to boards and extremities. Wear to head and tails of spine. Lacking four of six original red spine labels. Ink signature to pastedown of volume I and very slight worming to front pastedown and front four pages. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages bright and generally clean with occasional spotting and marginal age toning. Overall: VERY GOOD


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