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Civan, Roi de Bungo, Histoire Japonnaise , ou Tableau de l'Education d'un Prince
Londres: Jean Nourse, 1758. Two volumes, small octavo; a neat set in contemporary calf, flat spines gilt in compartments, slight rubbing. Educational use of an imaginary voyage setting. Second edition, following a 1754 version by the same publisher. Both works are of some rarity, NUC listing a single copy of the first and only two copies of this edition. The book is a roman d'éducation about an imagined kingdom of famed serenity and good government, written for Joseph II. Madame le Prince de Beaumont (1711-1780) was a prolific writer whose work was principally known for a 'cachet religieux, moral et sensé' (NBG). Civan is dedicated to Prince Joseph (later Joseph II, first emperor of the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine) best known for an ill-fated series of reforms which attempted to improve the conditions of the peasantry. As the introduction explains, the tale of the Roi de Bungo was intended to offer the young Princes 'un Modèle digne de leur émulation'. Moreover, Beaumont saw in the example of Civan what she contended would provide 'ces Guides qu'il eut besoin de chercher chez des Estrangers'. The work's rarity is confirmed by the entry in the NBG: clearly not having the work to hand, they refer to it as 'Cida, Roi de Burgo'. It has recently been released in a scholarly reprint, edited by Alix Deguise.
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