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Angola, Histoire Indienne Ouvrage sans vrai-semblance
"Agra" (Paris): avec Privilege du Grand Mogol, 1746. Some spots, a few bumps but a very good copy.. Two volumes in one, octavo; in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson label. First edition: a popular and often reprinted satire on Parisian manners, set in the Indies, in a "fertile land now known to geographers despite being missed by Strabo and Ptolemy" ('une contrée fertile des grandes Indes, dont l'extrême exactitude de nos Géographes modernes, est parvenue, en dépit de Strabon & de Ptolomée?').La Morlière (1719-85), musketeer, member of the Order of Christ, and bon vivant, was famous for his lengthy involvement with French theatre, particularly through his links with Voltaire. Before he found his niche in the theatre, he wrote several rather licentious novels, in particular Angola, which was held up by contemporaries such as Édouard Thierry as 'le roman du siècle, le livre des jolis boudoirs, le manuel charmant de la conversation à la mode'. The setting for the novel in the Indies allows Morlière broad scope for satire, especially in his depiction of the just king Erzeb-can's marriage to Princesse Arsenide, darling of the world of luminous fairies on the 'côte gauche'. Most of the tale is devoted to the adventures of their child Prince Angola, who travels throughout the Indies and Arabia.
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