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Vers de Voltaire au Roi de Prusse. Verses of Voltaire to the King of Prussia.
Printed for R. and J. Dodsley. 1753 7, [1]p. Parallel French and English text. 4to. Sl. foxing, sl. tear without loss along old fold mark on titlepage. Recent sugar paper wrappers.ESTC N68289, not in BL; Cambridge and Yale Beinecke only.On July 10, 1750, Voltaire arrived in Potsdam, accepting a long standing invitation to visit the Prussian court. He was not only an esteemed guest at Sans Souci, he was a paid companion and language teacher, and overwhelmed by the hospitality shown to him by the Prussian King, his first letter to France was full of praise for Frederick.For several months Voltaire was at the centre of society in Potsdam and Berlin. Frederick considered him a personal friend, but following several disagreements, at the end of March 1753 Voltaire left Potsdam, taking with him some of Frederick's unpublished poems. Frederick had him detained in Frankfurt, where he was kept several weeks under house arrest, until the missing poems were recovered. Sometime later they resumed correspondence, but never recaptured the pleasure of their earlier friendship. The
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