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Les Avantures de Monsieur Robert Chevalier, dit de Beauchene
Amsterdam,: Aux Depens de la í,, 1733.. Two volumes in one, duodecimo, five plates, titles printed in red and black with engraved vignettes; slight waterstaining affecting only the margins, occasional ms. marginalia in a neat early hand, a good copy in later half red morocco, head of spine restored. An attractive copy of the second French edition of this important imaginary voyage and Canadian adventure based on the exploits of Robert Chevalier BeauchÍne.Le Sage (1668-1747) was a successful playwright and novelist, now chiefly remembered as the author of the picaresque novel Gil Blas. The novel claims to be derived from notes sent to Le Sage by BeauchÍne's widow, and is a heady confection of piratical life set in the wilds of eighteenth-century Canada. BeauchÍne is an Indian scout turned coast-prowling pirate, and the narrative recalls his bloodthirsty exploits in duels and ship-boardings, as well as his recollections of being sold into slavery in New England. It is difficult to sort the fact from the fiction in this rollicking tale - the Canadian Encyclopedia comments that Le Sage's work has 'many exaggerations and inaccuracies' - but it is a vivid account, concluding with BeauchÍne's return to France with his plundered loot, where he dies in a tavern brawl in Tours.
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