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BOURDOT DE RICHEBOURG, Claude-Étienne].
Memoires de Wuillame-Nortingham, ou le faux Lord Kington A La Haye, chez Pierre Gosse. 1741.
1741. 12mo (182 × 104 mm) in eights and fours, pp. [2], 136; [2], 156; some light browning and spotting; uncut in contemporary wrappers, early ms. ink to upper cover and spine, spine worn at tail, some marks and stains to covers. Sole edition of an early French novel to feature an English protagonist, full of national colour like other Anglocentric novels of the time: The novelists use of history to supply national atmosphere (and to further their plots) is, frequently, adept They mention cockfights, wrestling, and boxing matches They speak of coffeehouses. Wuillaume-Nortingham (1741), too tempted by the wife of an elderly merchant, resolves to consult him only dans une Caffé, où il conféroit de ses affaires avec ses Associés, quand il nétoit plus tems d en faire sur la Place (I, 9) (Grieder, pp. 77 8). Cioranescu 13540; Grieder, p. 151; Quérard I, 467. WorldCat lists 4 copies outside Europe (Newberry, Harvard, Illinois, Yale). [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Simon Beattie ABA ILAB [Chesham, United Kingdom]
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