(ROUSSEAU). THIÉBAUD, Arsenne. ~ Voyage à l’Isle des peupliers. Paris: ‘Au Magasin des Romans nouveaux, chez LePetit... An VII, [ 1798].
8vo (158 × 91 mm), pp. viii, 9-173, , 6 (adverts), complete with half-title, plus 4 engraved plates by Mariage after Challiou. Small tear to head of half-title, slight loss to blank margin, old repair, occasional staining, but generally clean, flaw/tear to gutter of pp. 43-6, just affecting a few letters. Contemporary sprinkled sheep, gilt panelled spine. Rubbed. A good copy.
First edition. A homage to Rousseau in the form of a series of imaginary visits to his monument on the Isle des Peupliers in the gardens of Ermenonville which had been constructed by the philosopher’s patron, the Marquis de Girardin. Lepetit’s adverts on 6 pages at the end are of interest and include several translations from gothic novels in English (Anne Radcliffe, Eléonor de Rosalba, ou le Confessionnal des Pénitens Noirs; Miss Bennett, Rosa, ou la Fille Mendiante and Sophie Lee, Le Soutterrain, ou Matilde). Worldcat: Cambridge, Dumbarton Oaks, Illinois and Princeton only outside continental Europe.