Voyages et Avantures de Jaques Massé. Simon TYSSOT DE PATOT.
Voyages et Avantures de Jaques Massé.
Voyages et Avantures de Jaques Massé.

Voyages et Avantures de Jaques Massé.

"Bordeaux" "chez Jacques l'aveugle", "1710", actually Rouen, 1742.

Duodecimo, engraved frontispiece and title vignette; a very good copy in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands.

With the famous portrait of the shipwrecked voyager Massé

An attractive copy of one of the later editions of this important Australian utopia, famous as a very early example of a fully-fledged imaginary voyage in the southern hemisphere and a bestseller of its day. This edition is illustrated with a fine portrait purporting to show the hero of the piece, Massé, which was not included in the earliest editions.

An attractive copy of one of the later editions of this important Australian utopia, famous as a very early example of a fully-fledged imaginary voyage in the southern hemisphere and a bestseller of its day. This edition is illustrated with a fine portrait purporting to show the hero of the piece, Massé, which was not included in the earliest editions.

Rosenberg's study of the early editions of this work has sought to unravel the mystery of four separate early editions, all dated 1710 on the title-page. He argues, rather against what one would expect, that the publishers continued to use this date for some decades (this does rather go against more common practice, where publishers liked to pretend to be bang up to the moment): this is therefore Rosenberg's 'D' edition, published at "Bordeaux" by Jacques l'Aveugle (Jack the Blind), the same imprint as the first or "A" edition but with a different vignette on the title-page.

Provenance: Bibliothèque du Chateau de Louppy sur Loison (with the early armorial bookplate of the renaissance château).

Barbier, IV, p. 1103; Gibson, 'St. Thomas More… with a Bibliography of Utopiana', 780; Negley, 1118, Rosenberg, Edition 'D', pp. 86-7.

Price (AUD): $3,200.00

US$2,399.48   Other currencies

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