LEWIS, Matthew Gregory.

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LEWIS, Matthew Gregory.
Le Moine, translated from English. Volume One[-Third]. Paris, chez Maradan, An V - 1797. 3 volumes in-12 (169 x 97 mm) of 2 ff.n.ch. 238 pp. for volume I; 2 ff.n.ch.
263 pp. for volume II; 2 ff.n.ch. 292 pp. for volume III; spotted half-basin, smooth back, title and tomaison piece in red and green morocco respectively (period binding).
See de Diesbach, Bonna Library, 18th century, 90 (for an example of the illustrated edition).
Original edition of the first translation, by Deschamps, Desprez, Benoît and Lamare (the original English edition was published the previous year), "rehabilitated by the Surrealists.... In his Manifesto of Surrealism, André Breton, speaking of the marvellous in the literary field, takes as his only example Le Moine de Lewis and devotes a long development to it" (by Diesbach)
Pleasant example despite some small stains, vol. II pp. 233/34 incorrectly placed; partially split jaws, blunt corners.
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