Fenelon, Francis Salignac de la Motte [Francois Fenelon]
The Adventures of Telemachus, the Son of Ulysses, King of Ithaca, &c. in Greece, and one of the Princes who conducted the Siege of Troy.
Seller ID: 1519
Translated by William Henry Melmoth. London: Alexander Hogg at the King's Arms, No. 16, Pater-noster-Row, 1784. First edition (pp. 327, index, List of Subscribers). Quarto (26 cm) in half leather over paper with 24 'grand' full-page copperplates, frontis portrait of Fenelon, fold-out map of the travels of Telemachus; recently rebacked, gilt titles to spine. Binding thoroughly worn but sound; text generally clean. The Adventures of Telemachus was written in 1693-94 by Archbishop Fenelon at Cambray where he had been confined by order of Louis XIV. Superficially an account of the wanderings and adventures of Ulysses' son Telemachus, the book was in reality a reformist argument for limiting the absolute power of the (French) monarchy 'for the use and instruction of the Dauphin of France to guard him, in an allegorical way, against forming his conduct after the bad example of his Grandfather Louis XIV'. ( F�nelon went so far as to write, "Good kings are rare and the generality of monarchs bad," a sentiment especially displeasing to the Sun King.) A decent copy of an apparently scarce book.
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