The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane

Complete in 3 volumes

Le Sage, Alain Rene. London: J.C. Nimmo and Bain, 1881. 1st edition thus. 12 original etchings by Ricardo de Los Rios. Translated by Tobias Smollett. Biographical and critical notice by George Saintsbury. Zaehnsdorf binding, in three-quarter leather with marbled boards. 398,395,407 pp. 12mo. Very good.

Very beautiful volumes of Le Sage’s picaresque work, which was published between 1715 and 1735, and first translated by Smollett in 1749. Full set bound in three-quarter brown morocco; gilt lettering and embellished raised bands; gilded page tops. Contains a dozen etching by Rios made specifically for this edition. Rubbed corners; volume 1 with a repaired front joint. Near pristine interiors.


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