Title: The Works of Francois Rabelais. Translated ...
Publisher: Gibbings and Company Limited, London, England
Publication Date: 1901
Book Condition: Collectible-Fine
Five volumes handsomely bound in three-quarter blue leather., with gilt decorations and raised bands Gilt edging to the top of the pages. I: "The Inestimable Life of the Great Gargantua, Father of Pantagruel. Heretofore composed by M. Alcofribas, Abstractor of the Quintessence"; xxi, 329 pages; illustrations. II: "Pantagruel, King of the Dipsodes. With his Heroic Acts and Prowesses. Composed by the Late M. Alcofribas"; xi, 232 pages; illustrations. III: "The Heroic Deeds and Sayings of the Good Pantagruel, King of the Dipsodes. Composed by M. Fran. Rabelais, Doctor in Medicine"; viii, 332 pages; illustrations. IV: "The Fourth Book of The Heroic Deeds and Sayings of the Good Pantagruel, His Voyages and Wonders. Composed by M. Fran. Rabelais, Doctor in Medicine"; xi, 296 pages; illustrations. V: "The Fifth and Last Book of the Heroic Deeds and Sayings of the Good Pantagruel, His Visit to the Oracle. Composed by M. Fran. Rabelais, Doctor of Medicine"; viii, 261 pages; illustrations. Francois Rabelais (1494?-1553) was a French humorist and satirist of the first rank. He became a monk, studied medicine, and traveled widely in France and Italy. Is most famous for his two novels, published under his pseudonym Alcofrias Nasier (an anagram) PANTAGRUEL (1533) and GARGANTUA (1535), both noted for their broad and racy humor and grotesque invention. The introduction to the set by Alfred Wallis in volume one covers the translations of Rabelais' works, especially Sir Thomas Urquhart, and his influence on English writers during the 17th and 18th centuries. The illustrations are reproductions in photogravure of those engraved for the Amsterdam edition of 1741. Bookseller Inventory # 10654
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