Les nuits d’Young. Traduites de l’anglois par M. Le Tourneur avec quelques autres ouvrages du même auteur…

A Paris, & se trouve à Basle, chez Jean schwieghauser, 1770. Rare early edition of Pierre le Tourneur’s translation of Young’s Night Thoughts. Not in RLIN, OCLC or NUC. Mentioned (but not listed) in Forter’s bibliography of foreign translations of Young (Book Collector 1971, pp. 47-67), though he later appears to have acquired a copy, as there is now one at the Bodleian Library in the Forster collection. Slight damage with old repair (affecting a small area of text) on Vol. I, pp. 63-4. Several ink numerals in preliminaries. Otherwise a very good, clean copy. Contemporary polished calf, gilt calf spine labels, batik endpapers, all edges gilt. Two volumes in one, twelvemo, in eights and fours. lxv, [iii], 255; [iv], 280 pp. Item #7945

Pierre le Tourneur’s translation of Night Thoughts first appeared in 1769. This edition follows the Paris edition of 1770, and shows how widespread the demand for Young’s poetry could be.

Price: $250.00

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