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Antoine FURETIERE.
Nouvelle Allégorique ou Histoire des Derniers Troubles Arrivez au Royaume D’éloquence.
Paris: Chez Guillaume de Luyne, 1658, First Edition. Collation: A to F in gatherings of 12, G in gathering of 4, 152pp. With the scarce folding frontispiece. Full calf binding by Period Binders of Bath, in red morocco with gilt titles and decoration to the spine and boards. Rare first edition. Antoine Furetière (28 December 1619 – 14 May 1688), was a French scholar, writer, and lexicographer. He was born in Paris, the son of an employee of the royal household. He studied law and worked for a time as an attorney and tax assessor. Later he became a Catholic clergyman and, after various promotions, the abbot of Chalivoy in the diocese of Bourges in 1662. Thanks to the leisure he enjoyed as a clergyman, he was able to devote himself to letters. He was admitted to the Académie française in 1662 in virtue of his satire “Nouvelle allégorique, ou histoire des derniers troubles arrivés au royaume d'éloquence” (1658) among other works. One of Furetière's most important literary works was “Le Roman bourgeois” (1666). This satirical novel described the everyday life of his time, especially within the legal profession, and it cast ridicule on the fashionable romances of Madeleine de Scudéry and of Gauthier de Costes, seigneur de la Calprenède. Because of its similarity to Paul Scarron's “Le Roman comique” (1651, 1657), it was translated into English as Scarron's City Romance in 1671. With a self-conscious narrator who comments on his techniques and disregards the conventions of the novel, it anticipates Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy (1759–67). At the time of its founding, the Académ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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