Recueil des Chef-D’Oeuvres des plus celebres Beaux-Esprits Francois, tant en vers qu’en prose.

  • (French Authors)
  • Edimbourg [Edinburgh]: De l'imprimerie de Sands, Murray, & Cochran 1750
  • ESTC T170869.


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12mo, pp. iv, 535, [1]. Contemporary sprinkled calf, boards bordered with a double gilt rule, unlettered spine divided by raised bands between double gilt rules. Some spotting and toning internally. Rear flyleaf excised, leather scratched with some wear to corners and head of spine, joints just splitting at head and hinges cracking but sound, spine creased. Armorial bookplate of Ralph Creyke of Marton to front pastedown, ownership inscription of Miss Langley I Ibbelson to flyleaf.


The first edition of this compilation of examples of the finest French literary style for British readers, printed in Edinburgh. It saw a second edition in 1759, a London printing in 1763, and further Edinburgh editions are recorded from 1781 and 1784, though all are scarce. ESTC locates only 6 copies of this one: two at the NLS and one each at the BL, Oxford, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Biblioteka Narodowa in Warsaw.
The contents include selections (and in a few cases, whole works) from Fenelon, Lesage (an abridgement of Gil Blas makes up most of the first half of the volume), Balzac, Moliere, Corneille, Racine, and Boileau-Despreaux.

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