The Travels of Cyrus. To which is annexed, a discourse upon the Theology and Mythology of the Pagans. By the Chevalier Ramsay. London, R. Bladon and T. Lawes, 1779.
12mo (168 x 94 mm), pp. 16, 272, printed on fairly cheap paper and consequently a trifle browned internally, in contemprorary calf, joints chipped but cords holding, worn at extremities, red morocco label on spine lettered in gilt.
A scarce English edition of Ramsay’s popular philosophical novel, first published in French in 1727. A French writer of Scottish birth, Ramsay, known as ‘le Chevalier Ramsay’ was a keen disciple of Fénelon, who converted him to Catholicism and whose works he later edited. The present novel, an imaginary voyage written in imitation of Fénelon’s Télémaque, uses Xenophon’s Cycropédie as a model for presenting the ideal education of a prince based on the hero’s travels around the different countries of classical Antiquity. ‘C’est moins un roman qu’un système d’éducation pour un jeune prince’ says Quérard.
ESTC n46700, at NLS, Cornell and McMaster only.
See Cioranescu 52219; Jones p. 39; Hartig p. 43.