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[GREEK MYTHOLOGY]. [FENELON, Francois de Salignac de La Mothe-]. The adventures of telemachus, The son of ulysses. In Twenty-four books. With the adventures of aristonous. Written by the Archbishop of cambray...

Jena. For Theodore William Ernest Guth., 1749.
8vo. xii, [36], 526pp. With an engraved portrait frontispiece, title page in red and black. Contemporary sheep, contrasting red calf lettering- piece, gilt. Rubbed and marked, upper joint starting, loss to head of spine. Inked ownership inscription to recto of FFEP: 'Joseph Steevens / Wycombe Bucks / 1771', inked ownership inscription to verso of frontispiece: 'Wm. Hall / 1778', early inked initials to title page, worm-trail running through lower corner of text-block - occasionally touching text, without loss of sense.
A scarce revised Continental-printed English edition of Francois de Salignac de La Mothe-Fenelon's (1651-1715) novel of the Greek Homeric mythical figure Telemachus, son of Penelope and Odysseus. Originally written for Fenelon’s student, the seven-year-old Duc de Bourgogne - grandson of Louis XIV - the didactic novel was first published, anonymously without the author’s consent in 1699, and was widely perceived as a criticism of French absolutism. As explained in the preface to this edition, the
appearance of a competitor (who is accused of plagiarism) and the publication of a definitive French edition by Fenelon’s nephew (Paris, 1715) provoked this new English translation, first printed in 1719, executed by Abel Boyer in concert with John Littlebury.

ESTC records copies at two locations in the British Isles (BL and Oxford), and a further eight worldwide (Bydgoszcz Public Library, Library Company of Philadelphia, Silesian Library, St. Joseph’s College, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Szczecin Public Library, Torun, and Yale).
ESTC T164991.
£ 375.00 Antiquates Ref: 23996