First edition of the French translation, first print. It is wonderfully illustrated with a frontispiece and 15 delightful figures by Gravelot, engraved by Aveline, Chedel, Fessard and Pasquier.
It is one of Gravelot’s best works.
Provenance: Heraldic bookplate of M.Lugol (20th century).
L’Histoire de Tom Jones, enfant trouvé (“The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling” in English) is a picaresque novel by Henry Fielding. Considered the first English novel of manners, Tom Jones is one of the major works of English literature. It is cited by Somerset Maugham in 1954, in his essay “Ten Novels and Their Authors” among the 10 greatest novels. (Wikipedia)
"In spite of the sentimentality which abounds, this dense novel possesses very appreciable qualities: a sense of narration, the accuracy of expression and lastly, some of the most delicious humour." (Dictionnaire des Oeuvres).
Histoire de Tom Jones: ou l'enfant trouvé, traduction de l'anglois de M. Fielding. Par M.D.L.P. [M. De La Place] Enrichie d'estampes dessinées par M. Gravelot. ... 4 volumes.
Published in London by Jean Nourse in 1750.
Complete in 4 volumes, XII-336 + 344 + 341 + 282 pages, complete, 4/4.
Duodecimo (16 x 10 cm).
Four period marbled full calfskin bindings, ribbed spines adorned with a red morocco title label and a volume number label, between the raised bands adorned with floral compartments in gold, fillets o the cover edges, red edges.
Sound bindings, significant restorations on the caps, cover edges and corners (see photos), three replaced title and volume number labels (being the 2 of Volume 1 and one one Volume 3). Fresh inside, marks and small stains from handling, a light water stain in Volume 3 on about 50 pages in the front and 20 in the back, lightly running into the text. Bibliographic vignettes pasted on the endpapers in Volume 1.
- Number of Books
- Bindings, Illustrated, Literature
- Author/ Illustrator
- Henry Fielding / Gravelo
- Book Title
- Histoire de Tom Jones : ou l'enfant trouvé, traduction de l'anglois
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 16×10 cm