Chronique des rois d’Angleterre, Ecrite en anglois selon le stile…

Chronique des rois d’Angleterre, Ecrite en anglois selon le stile des anciens historiens juifs, par Nathan ben Saddi, prêtre de la même nation; et traduite en François dans le meme stile. by [DODSLEY, Robert. FOUGERET de Monbron, Louis Charles, translator.]

~ Chronique des rois d’Angleterre, Ecrite en anglois selon le stile des anciens historiens juifs, par Nathan ben Saddi, prêtre de la même nation; et traduite en François dans le meme stile. ‘Londres: chez Th. Cooper au Globe, dans Pater-noster-Row’, 1743.

8vo (192 × 110 mm), [2], 156, title in red and black, numerous woodcut and typographic ornaments. Some spotting to title and succeeding leaf. Contemporary calf gilt, with unidentified noble (Northern European) monogram to upper cover, red edges. An excellent copy.

Probably the first edition in French, but one of several issues of the same year with the same pagination but differing title ornaments. First published in 1740 as The Chronicle of the Kings of England under the pseudonym of Nathan Ben Saddi, Dodsley here displayed his egalitarian leanings with this rewriting of English history in the style of the King James Version of the Old Testament Pentateuch. The imprint is false and it is unlikely that the French editions was actually printed in London. In this issue the engraved vignette on the title-page is a frame with a pedestal upon which are a spear, a shield, laurel wreaths and an owl, there are several variants, as enumerated in the ESTC. Rochedieu, p. 88 (noting issues with Londres and Amsterdam imprints).

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