La vie et les aventures de Joseph Thompson, Traduit de l’Anglois.

Amsterdam: Chez J.H. Schneider…, 1762. Second French translation of Edward Kimber’s first novel. Engraved armorial bookplate (Louise du Vivier) in each volume. Slight wear to binding extremities. A very good set. Contemporary mottled sheepskin, gilt-decorated spines, olive and red morocco labels. Four parts in two volumes, twelvemo. [4], 154, [2], 156; [2], iv, 156, [2], iv, [155, misnumbered 161] pp. Item #13150

Edward Kimber (1719-1769) was the son of Baptist minister, biographer and journalist Isaac Kimber (1692-1755). The younger Kimber is said by the D.N.B. to have “gained a scanty subsistence by compiling for booksellers, and died, worn out with such drudgery…(!)” He compiled The Peerage of England (1766), The Peerage of Scotland (1767), The Peerage of Ireland (1768), and The Extinct Peerage of England (1769), and indexes of The Gentleman’s Magazine and The London Magazine. The present work was Kimber’s first novel. It was first published in 1750 and owes much to Tom Jones. The protagonist, a Yorkshire boy, has various adventures in the bawdy houses and gambling dens of London before traveling to the continent and to India for further adventures. The novel ends with Thompson’s marriage and redemption. Kimber’s second novel, The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson (1754), is said to be the first novel with an American setting, though Kimber is not known to have crossed the Atlantic.

OCLC lists two copies, at UCLA and at the University of Illinois. Cioranescu 51669.

Price: $750.00

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