Le Guerrier Philosophe; by JOURDAN, Jean-Baptiste (1711-1793).

JOURDAN, Jean-Baptiste (1711-1793).

Le Guerrier Philosophe; ou Memoires de M. le Duc de. Contenant des reflexions sur divers Caracteres de l’Amour, & quelques Anecdotes curieuses de la derniere Guerre des Francois en Italie. 1744.

First Edition. Two volumes in one, (168 x 95 mm), pp. [iv], xxii, 324; [iv], 535, ie. 335, [1] errata, tear from second half-title with loss of corner to margin but not touching text, in contemporary blonde polished calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label lettered in gilt, with an unknown heraldic bookplate, red edges and marbled endpapers.

A delightful copy of a scarce novel by the Marseilles born playwright, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, author of numerous plays and several translations and supposed memoirs. Presented in the form of a military memoir, the novel is a highly digressive and entertaining work, containing anecdotes on romantic liaisons, tales of derring-do in the army and fictitious accounts of an officer’s life on the battlefield. With a long preface in which Jourdan discusses the history and uses of the novel with reference to Plutarch, ‘Servantés’, Scarron and the elegant translation into French of Joseph Andrews.
Jourdan’s most successful work was L’Ecole des Prudes, which was performed at the Italian Theatre in 1750. Another edition of the present novel was published in 1744, in Amsterdam ‘aux dépens de la Compagnie’.

OCLC lists Gottingen and Mecklenburg only.

Cioranescu 34737; Jones p. 85.

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