Les Voyages de Cyrus, avec un Discours sur la Mythologie. Andrew Michael RAMSAY.

Les Voyages de Cyrus, avec un Discours sur la Mythologie.

Paris: Gabriel-Francois Quillau, 1727.

Two volumes bound in one, small octavo, contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt.

First edition of this influential description of an ideal kingdom, populated with figures from classical Greece.

First edition of this influential description of an ideal kingdom, populated with figures from classical Greece.
Ramsay was born in Ayr, Scotland in 1686, the son of a baker. As a young man he fought with the English in the war of the Spanish Succession, and while on the Continent sought to reconcile his religious qualms by journeying to see the renowned French divine, Fénelon. Deeply moved, he converted to Catholicism and remained with Fénelon until the mystic's death in 1715. Ramsay continued devoted, writing a life in 1723. He also became a tutor to the two sons of the Pretender, and continued to write philosophical tracts addressed to his pupils.
The Voyages de Cyrus, his best known work, consciously imitates Fénelon's Adventures of Telemachus by integrating figures of classical Greek mythology into an ideal kingdom. Here, Cyrus journeys through the ancient world, continually appraising his own society. Although the work was widely reissued and enormously popular in the eighteenth century, it is not often discussed in the secondary works. Thus, Gove shows an awareness of the work and its debt to Fénelon, but contents himself with the grumpy assertion that it is merely an 'educational romance'.

Barbier, IV, p. 1098 (1807 edition); Negley, 945.

Price (AUD): $900.00  other currencies     Ref: #3006467

Condition Report