Les Amazones Révoltées. Roman moderne en Forme de Parodie sur l'Histoire Universelle, & la Fable. Avec des Notes Politiques sur les Travaux d'Hercule, la Chevalerie-Militaire, et la Découverte du Nouveau-Monde, &c. &c. &c. Louis LE MAINGRE DE BOUCICAULT.
Les Amazones Révoltées. Roman moderne en Forme de Parodie sur l'Histoire Universelle, & la Fable. Avec des Notes Politiques sur les Travaux d'Hercule, la Chevalerie-Militaire, et la Découverte du Nouveau-Monde, &c. &c. &c.

Les Amazones Révoltées…
Les Amazones Révoltées. Roman moderne en Forme de Parodie sur l'Histoire Universelle, & la Fable. Avec des Notes Politiques sur les Travaux d'Hercule, la Chevalerie-Militaire, et la Découverte du Nouveau-Monde, &c. &c. &c.

Rotterdam: Don Luis le Maingre …, 1730.

Duodecimo, with both errata leaves; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, crimson morocco label.

First edition and very rare. Although rarely commented on, this work concludes with the hypothesis that Hercules discovered the golden apples in continental America.

First edition and very rare. Although rarely commented on, this work concludes with the hypothesis that Hercules discovered the golden apples in continental America.
Although the bulk of the work is a zesty farce with an exotic cast of courtiers, pirates, and a Turkish eunuch, its great interest lies in the extensive notes on the figure of Hercules, which include a concluding account of the so-called Monde par Hercule.
In the classical account of Hercules' twelve labours, he is commanded to retrieve the golden apples from the garden of Hesperides, which lies far to the north of Europe. This story is denounced by Boucicault as a transparent fiction: Hercules, far from doing a deal with the father of the Hesperides Atlas, in fact found them himself, whilst visiting America. The story is that, having sailed through the straits of Gibraltar, Hercules was caught in a fierce storm, and blown towards the east, discovering a vast and fertile country in the uncharted seas. Although Boucicault hints darkly that the Greeks had their own reasons for maintaining this deception, he concludes 'l'Enigme s'est enfin dévelopée, après que Christofe Colomb, l'Alcide des Espagnes, ût fait en 1492 la Découverte de ce Nouveau-Monde'.
The work was known to Barbier only from the later 1738 edition. Some ten copies of this 1730 edition are listed on Worldcat, but there are very few sales records in recent decades.

Barbier, I, p. 124 (1738 edition).

Price (AUD): $2,100.00  other currencies     Ref: #3005425

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