Early Republic Boston edition of this sequel of sorts to the ODYSSEY, about what Odysseus's son Telemachus learned from his tutor while his father was absent.
LES AVENTURES DE TELEMAQUE, FILS D'ULYSSE
François Fénelon wrote this didactic tale while working as the tutor of the grandson of Louis XIV, Louis, Duke of Burgundy. In it, Telemachus' tutor Mentor (revealed to be Minerva, goddess of wisdom, in disguise) educates the prince on the best way to rule his kingdom; the story is a speculation on the goings on during Odysseus's time at sea. Although understood as deeply critical of Louis XIV's absolute monarchy, it went on to become one of the most popular works of the 18th century in France and around the world. Publisher Joseph Nancrede was a Frenchman who had served in the American Revolution and later settled in Boston, where he taught French at Harvard before entering the publishing and bookselling trade. Nancrede revised this edition for young American readers; in his introduction, Nancrede observes that "no young people love literature and have such passion for knowledge as Americans" (translation), and he dedicates this edition to "The American Youth of Both Sexes."
Read more: Evans, American Bibliography, 32123.
Boston: Joseph Nancrede, 1797. 7'' x 4''. Contemporary tree calf, with green title panel to spine. Text in French. , 371,  pages. Small early owner name in ink on title page, "S. B. Morris." Binding with light edgewear, shallow creases to spine. Some soil and toning to margins of leaves, with occasional closed tears; front flyleaf lacking, with repair to hinge. Else sound.
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