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ENGLISH REPRINT EDITION of Fenelon's classic, Telemachus, first printed in Paris in 1699. 12mo. 5 1/4 x 2 7/8 inches. [ii], 474 pp. [*1], A-T12, U9. Engraved frontispiece, additional engraved title-page with tissue guard; text unmarked, front matter lightly foxed and toned. Full contemporary Spanish calf, gilt decorated covers, black leather spine label, spine elaborately gilt, all edges gilt, Spanish marbled end-leaves; binding square and tight, leather rubbed, outer hinges starting at head of spine. Ownership signature of F. F. Fuller on front pastedown. Good. The plot of the story fills out a gap in Homer's Odyssey, recounting the educational travels of Telemachus, son of Ulysses, accompanied by his tutor, Mentor. Francois Fenelon was an accomplished fellow; not only was he Archbishop of Cambrai, but he was tutor to the seven-year-old Duc de Bourgogne, the grandson of Louis XIV and second in line to the throne. Not only does this vernacular prose poem offer insights into the lessons the tutor taught his royal charge, but the author viewed this work as a means of spreading morality and enlightened ideas to a wide audience. Telemachus was one of the most popular works of the eighteenth-century; it was a favorite of Montesquieu and of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the French revolutionaries and of German Romantics such as Johann Gottfried Herder. It was also a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, who re-read it frequently. Telemachus was reprinted many times over the next 150 years. This English edition in its small format reflects the reading habits of an emerging bourgeois reading audience who brought small volumes of classic texts with them when traveling to the City or visiting friends in their country houses.
Title: The Adventures of Telemachus, the Son of Ulysses. From the French of Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon, Archbishop of Cambray, by John Hawkesworth.
Publisher: London:, rinted for J. Walker; F. C. and J. Rivington,: 1819
Book Condition: Collectible: Good
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Seller ID: RT318-003
Keywords: Francois de Salignac de la Mothe-Fenelon, The Adventures of Telemachus, the Son of Ulysses, John Hawkesworth, Classics