L’Ascanius Moderne, ou l’Illustre Avanturier… Traduction de l’Anglois.

  • Griffiths, Ralph
  • Edimbourg [Edinburgh, but actually France]: [n. pr.] 1763
  • ESTC T71880.


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2 volumes bound as 1, 8vo, pp. vii, [i], 96, [2, second title-page], 97-198 + 5 folding plates. Title pages printed in red and black. Contemporary blue boards, paper label lettered in ink, edge speckled red. Occasional light spotting, handling tears to several plates. Soiled, somewhat rubbed, corners a touch worn. Initials ‘AG’ and a Latin tag to front pastedown, modern pencil inscription to flyleaf.


A scarce French translation and expansion, prettily illustrated, of Ascanius by Ralph Griffiths (c. 1720-1803), a romantic account of the adventures of Bonnie Prince Charlie immediately following Culloden. The first part is a revised reprint of the first French version (Lille, 1747), reproducing the translator's 'Avertissement' from that edition, but varying the translation in numerous places. The second part is wholly new in this edition, continuing the adventures up to 1760. Barbier identifies the translator of this edition as one 'd'Intraiguel', but does not list the earlier version; in any case whoever oversaw this edition was likely also the author of the second part.

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