[OLIVIER, Abbé Jean.] ~ L’Infortuné Napolitain ou Les Aventures du Seigneur Rozelli, qui contiennent l’histoire de sa naissance de son esclavage, de son état monastique, de sa prison dans l’Inquisition, et ses différentes figures qu’il a faites, tant en Italie, qu’en France, & en Hollande. Nouvelle edition, revue, corrigée & augmentée d’un grand nombre de figures en taille-douce. Amsterdam: Henri Desbordes, 1761.
2 vols., 12mo (163 × 93 mm.), pp. [iv], 480; [iv], 447 (pp. 129 and 360 mispaginated); illustrated with 24 engraved plates, including frontispiece. Signature R of volume 2 browned, occasional marginal staining, small burn to bottom blank margin of pp. 237-8, vol. 2 (marginal, not affecting text). Contemporary mottled sheep, twin gilt lettered labels, blind raised bands and gilt tooled panels with acorn centretools, red edges and marbled endpapers. Rubbed, with neat repairs to spine headcaps and corners. A good set.
A comic picaresque novel and an anti-Jesuit satire recounting the life and adventures of Rozelli in a series of fanciful catastrophes and disasters, in the course of which he becomes a Catholic clergyman and then converts to Judaism. The title was first published in 1708 and went on to be republished a number of times during the eighteenth century, with translations into English, German and Dutch. The illustrations appeared first in an edition of 1729.