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The Adventures of Gil Blas

Le Sage, Alain-Rene

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Translated from the French by Benjamin Heath Malkin. London, 1809. Four volumes, quarto, handsomely bound in full brown calf ornately tooled in gold with an oak-leaf and acorn border, larger French-fillet border, both enclosing smaller ornate borders tooled in blind; decorative gilt-tooled spine, with double black titling pieces, and all edges gilt. Pp.462, 454, 467, 456, illustrated with 24 full-page engravings by Smirke on India paper throughout. Spines expertly rebacked, with original spines laid down. Covers faded on two volumes, with light scuffing to all, but an attractive sound set in very good condition. Large paper copy, with significant amount of (mostly) marginal foxing throughout, but not affecting the engravings which are on different paper. a very nice edition of this classic. First published in 1715. "Considered one of literature's first realistic novels, Gil Blas takes an ordinary man through a series of adventures in high and low society. The work helped to popularize the picaresque novel.though the works happy ending, in which the hero achieves wealth and respectability, gave a new twist to the picaresque tradition." (Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature). Robert Smirke (1752-1845) was one of the most prolific illustrators of the early nineteenth century. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1793. Bookseller Inventory # 6430

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Title: The Adventures of Gil Blas

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Smirke, Robert

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