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LE SAGE, Alain Rene
The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane
London,: Hurst, Robinson and Company, 1822.. Four volumes, small octavo, 24 engravings including 4 frontispieces, some foxing to plates and preliminaries, very good; half polished calf with marbled boards, spines with double morocco labels, gilt. A lovely set of the French novelist and playwright Alain-RenÈ Lesage's masterpiece in a Root binding. Lesage (1668-1747), began his career translating Spanish works and came to appreciate the form pioneered in Spain known as the picaresque novel.A new edition with engravings from paintings by Robert Smirke (1752-1845), the English artist. Smirk studied at the Royal Academy and is well known for his illustrative work.
Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books
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