Le Roi Voyageur, ou Examen des Abus de l'Administration de la Lydie. Jean-André PERREAU.
Le Roi Voyageur, ou Examen des Abus de l'Administration de la Lydie.

Le Roi Voyageur, ou Examen des Abus de l'Administration de la Lydie.

Londres: T.P. Cadel, 1784.

Octavo, completely uncut in an old boards binding.

The King on his travels

First edition: a fascinating work, which uses an almost certainly false London imprint to escape prosecution in France (in which light the listing of the publisher as one "T.P. Cadel", surely mean to imply Thomas Cadell, the publisher of Cook's second voyage, is particularly well-judged).

First edition: a fascinating work, which uses an almost certainly false London imprint to escape prosecution in France (in which light the listing of the publisher as one "T.P. Cadel", surely mean to imply Thomas Cadell, the publisher of Cook's second voyage, is particularly well-judged).

It tells the tale of a king travelling through his realm to investigate the abuses of his administration, in the process revealing to him that everything he has learnt in the schools and salons is quite useless, and that only travel gives a true education. Published a few years before the Revolution, the use of the imaginary voyage tradition is here uncommonly sophisticated, in no small part because the attack on the government and mores of France is so serious that it would have been a matter of self-preservation to keep the censors and the police at bay. The author is known to have been Perreau (1749-1813), who frequently used similar devices to attack the ancien regime, setting other works in America (Lettres illinoises, 1772) and North Africa (Mizrim, ou, le sage à la cour: histoire égyptienne, 1782).

Barbier, IV, p. 376.

Condition Report: In fine condition except that the original marbled wrappers are loose and defective revealing French printed waste used in the binding (further evidence of the London imprint being bogus).

Price (AUD): $1,685.00

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Ref: #5000471

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