Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Las abenturas de Telemaco hijo de Ulíses, traduzidas de franzes en...

Sold for £300

Est: £300–500

Las abenturas de Telemaco hijo de Ulíses, traduzidas de franzes en castellano por el Vizconde de Miralcazar Don Gabriel Bernardo de Quiros Velasco y Cueba , a Spanish translation of books I-V of François Fénélon, Les Aventures de Telemaque, manuscript on paper [Spain, eighteenth century]

71 leaves (plus a paper endleaf at front and back), single column of c. 55 lines in a scrolling Spanish bookhand, each column of text arranged in Early Modern fashion with little or no margin between it and outer edge of leaf, titles in larger script with ornamental flourishes, a few marginal additions in contemporary hands, some spots and stains, overall good and presentable condition, 300 by 204mm.; contemporary crushed red velvet binding over bevelled wooden boards, marks in centres and corners of each board from metalwork bosses and corner pieces once there, velvet rubbed at corners and spine, the whole front board now separated from thongs and held in place by velvet

Les Aventures de Telemaque
is a didactic French work by Fénélon (1651-1715), archbishop of Cambrai and tutor to the grandson of King Louis XIV. It is a scathing attack on the politics of Louis XIV’s France, in which taxation had reduced the peasantry to starvation, and takes the form of a digression from Homer’s Odyssey, narrating the travels of Telemachus, son of Ulysses, and his tutor and travelling companion Mentor. It was published anonymously in 1699, but the author’s identity was leaked, and the king exiled him from Versailles. It was wildly popular, and was translated into many European languages within months and years of its publication in French. It was favoured by Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and was among the books read frequently by Thomas Jefferson.

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