Les Aventures comiques et plaisantes d’Antoine Varnish, traduites de l’anglois,…

~ Les Aventures comiques et plaisantes d’Antoine Varnish, traduites de l’anglois, avec figures. Bruxelles: Chez B. Le Francq, imprimeur-lib. rue de la Magdelaine, 1788]

4 vols in 2, 18mo (135 × 80 mm), pp. [4], iv, 154, 157-160; [4], 158; [4], 168; [4], 128, plus 4 engraved frontispieces, complete with half-titles. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt panelled spines with red and green labels. Bookplates of the comte Lannoy de Clervaux. A lovely set.

A rare translation of The Adventures of Anthony Varnish (William Lane 1786), a picaresque tale with an Irish hero. It was also published in Paris in the same year. All editions (English and French) very rare. Gay I, 309-10 (noting Londres and Brussels editions: ‘Roman de moeurs anglaises dans le genre de Gil Blas’). cf. Rochedieu for a Paris edition of 1788.

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