The Happy Orphans:

[Crébillon (Claude-Prosper Jolyot de)]

The Happy Orphans:

an authentic History of Persons in high Life. With a Variety of uncommon Events and surprizing Turns of Fortune. Translated and improved from the French Original [by Edward Kimber]. In two Volumes.

Description: FIRST EDITION of this translation, 2 vols., occasional minor browning or spotting, a few paper repairs (no loss), pp. [ii], 288; [ii], 296, 12mo, recent half calf by Bayntun, spines gilt, contrasting lettering pieces, good

Publication Details: Printed for H. Woodgate and S. Brooks, 1759

Notes: The rare first edition. Crébillon's Les heureux orphelins (1754) was itself a free adaptation of Eliza Haywood, The fortunate Foundlings (1744), one of several novels inspired by the establishment in 1741 of the Foundling Hospital by Thomas Coram. The Happy Orphans was received thus by the Critical Review 'We were willing to suspend out account of this production till we had leisure to read it; an honour, not due to many of the novels of these romancing days: but we had received some complaints of its being a piracy, and taken almost verbatim, from a novel of Mrs. Heywood's, entitled the Fort...more

Bibliography: (Raven 479; ESTC N32838, BL and JCB only)

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Price: £2,500

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1759

Stock Number: 56233

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