Les avantures de Joseph Andrews, by FIELDING, Henry (1707-1754).DESFONTAINES, Pierre…

Les avantures de Joseph Andrews, by FIELDING, Henry (1707-1754).DESFONTAINES, Pierre François Guyot, abbé (1685-1745). < >
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FIELDING, Henry (1707-1754).
DESFONTAINES, Pierre François Guyot, abbé (1685-1745).

Les avantures de Joseph Andrews, et du Ministre Abraham Adams, publiées en Anglois, en 1742. Par M... Fielding; et Traduites en François, à Londres, par une Dame Angloise, sur la troisième Edition. Tome Premier [-Second.] London, A. Millar, 1743.

Second Edition in French. Two volumes, 12mo in eights and fours, (162 x 88mm), pp. xxiv, 328; [viii], 348, text very lightly browned in part, in contemporary mottled calf, panelled spines gilt in compartments using attractive tulip tool, spines numbered in gilt, red morocco labels lettered in gilt, the head of spine in volume one chipped with slight loss exposing the headband, some other slight wear to extremities, marbled endpapers with later Italian shelfmark labels, red edges, green silk marker.

One of two very scarce French editions of Joseph Andrews to appear under a false ‘Londres’ imprint in 1743. Hugh Amory, in his New Books by Fielding, describes this as a concealed edition and suggests that it may be the later of the two. 'The presumption of priority goes to the more complex collation (it’s easier to achieve a regular structure from a printed copy than from a manuscript)'. The translation is of course not by the ‘Dame Angloise’ as claimed on the title page, but by that indefatigable Anglophile, the Abbé Desfontaines. It was reprinted in 1750, an edition which is more frequently seen.

ESTC n15028, at BL, NT, Polish Academy of Sciences, Torun University, Rice, Kansas and Minnesota. The other Londres 1743 edition is ESTC t15027, at BL, Bodleian, Brotherton and Harvard.

Amory, New Books by Fielding, Cambridge, Houghton Library, 1987, item 53; Rochedieu p. 107.

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