Amsterdam: David Mortier, 1732.
Small octavo; contemporary French mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt between raised bands, red morocco label; with the bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett.
Attractive early edition of Foigny's imaginary voyage to Australia. This is the fourth French edition, based on the Paris edition of 1692.
Attractive early edition of Foigny's imaginary voyage to Australia. This is the fourth French edition, based on the Paris edition of 1692.First published in 1676, the sexual undertones of this famous imaginary voyage led to the publication of the bowdlerised edition of 1692, and this censored version became the standard text for the next century or more. The author Foigny was a defrocked Franciscan, who was successively exiled from Picardy, Geneva, Lausanne, and Bern, and spent many years destitute and being investigated for immorality. It was no doubt his persecutions which led Foigny to write in the introduction that he was merely the editor of a manuscript he had been given by the protagonist Jacques Sadeur.
Gibson, 'St. Thomas More... with a Bibliography of Utopiana', 692.
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