Eloisa: or A series of original letters ...

Rousseau (Jean Jacques)

Eloisa: or A series of original letters ...

Translated from the French. Together with the sequel of Julia; or, The new Eloisa. (Found amongst the author's papers after his decease.) First American Edition. Vol. I[-III].

Description: 3 vols., uniformly slightly browned, occasional light foxing, a few leaves frayed at edges, pp. xiix [i.e., xxix], [30]-276; 267; 259, 12mo in 6s, contemporary tree sheep, flat spines with gilt ruled compartments, red lettering pieces, numbered in gilt direct, cracks in joints (vol. ii the worst) and some wear to extremities, labels of the Tremont [Subscription] Library, Boston, inside front covers, slip-in case

Publication Details: Philadelphia: Samuel Longcope, 1796

Notes: First published in Amsterdam in 1761 (and placed on the Index), with 3 editions in English in the same year (2 in London, 1 in Dublin). Given the enormous popularity of the book, it is rather surprising that nearly 40 years should elapse before a transatlantic edition. There are no copies of this edition recorded in UK libraries. Arthur Schopenhauer cited Julie, or the New Heloise as one of the four greatest novels ever written, along with Tristram Shandy, Wilhelm Meister, and Don Quixote. All things considered (date and place of printing, subscription library) this is quite a good copy. The L...more

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Price: £1,200

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1796

Stock Number: 57796

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