Les nuits d’Young. Traduites de l’Anglois par M. Le Tourneur. Seconde Edition, corrigée & augmentée du Triomphe de la Religion.

Paris: Chez Lejay, Libraire, 1769. Second edition of the first French translation of Young’s Night Thoughts, with corrections and additions. Also contains Epitre à Voltaire, le Dernier jugement; Paraphrase du livre de Job; Revue de la vie; Pensées sur divers sujets; and Eusèbe. Engraved frontispiece in each volume, title-page vignettes. A fine set, very attractive. Contemporary smooth calf. Gilt, flat spines, with burgundy and golden brown spine labels, edges stained red. Two volumes, octavo. [4], lxxviii, [2], 380; [4], 403, [1] pp. Item #14683

Young’s work originally appeared as The Complaint, or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality (1742). The first edition of Tourneur’s (1736-1788) translation also appeared in 1769. It was praised by Diderot and became extremely popular, fueling a French interest in English Romanticism. Tourneur later produced a highly esteemed prose translation of Shakespeare’s plays (1776-82), as well as translations of Richardson’s Clarissa and Ossian’s poems.

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