Original Letters by ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778).

ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778).

Original Letters of J.J. Rousseau, to M. de Malesherbes, M. d’Alembert, Madame La M. de Luxembourg, &c. &c. with a fac-simile of Rousseau’s hand-writing, and original military air of his composition. Also, original letters of Butta Fuoco and David Hume. Translated from the French. London, Symonds, 1799

First Edition in English. 12mo (162 x 94 mm), engraved frontispiece portrait and pp. viii, 200, with pp. 6, sheet music, with folding facsimile of a manuscript letter by Rousseau, with a couple of small tears, one through the text but with no loss, in contemporary half calf over green boards, rather worn, spine gilt in compartments, some surface abrasion, wanting the label, with the contemporary ownership inscription of John Farmer.

An English translation of a selection of Rousseau’s letters to a number of his intimates, including d’Alembert and Madame d’Houdetot, and also including letters by David Hume about Rousseau. The final section contains ‘An Essay on Military Music, by J.J. Rousseau’, which is accompanied by six pages of sheet music.
‘At the head of this volume’, writes the French editor, ‘I have placed a fac-simile of one of Rousseau’s letters, engraved from the original, for those who still shed a tear on reading the last pages of the new Eloise, and who delight in everything that can call back the remembrance of a great man’ (pp. vii - viii).

ESTC t43433.

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