Les voyages et avanture du capitaine robert boyle: ou l’on trouve l’histoire de mademoiselle villars, avec oui il se sauva de barbarie...

Amsterdam: Wetsteins & Smith, 1730. Two vols. 12mo. [viii], 341; [ii], 276, [11] pp. First Edition of French Translation. Complete with 7 engraved plates (including frontispieces in both volumes), titles in red and black, woodcut ornaments and initials. Contemporary calf, gilt spine with raised bands, hinges worn, exterior rubbed and faded and corners bumped on both volumes, small loss to lower right corner of front board of Volume II; marbled endpapers. The text is clean and only slightly toned. A good copy with bookplate and circulation documents from Troy (NY) Public Library purchased from the bequest of William R. Yourt. Item #15168

First French edition. This inventive work of fiction has been attributed to several different authors, including Benjamin Victor and Daniel Defoe. It contains a series of stories in which each new one is prompted by a character and/or situation from the previous one. First printed in London in 1726, early editions included a description of Philadelphia, believed to be authentic according to Cox and Sabin. Later editions did away with this passage.

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