THE DEVIL UPON CRUTCHES: FROM THE DIABLE BOITEUX ... A NEW TRANSLATION. TO WHICH ARE NOW FIRST ADDED, ASMODEUS'S CRUTCHES, A CRITICAL LETTER UPON THE WORK; AND DIALOGUES BETWEEN TWO CHIMNEYS OF MADRID ... The Second Edition, Corrected. In Two Volumes. London: Printed for T. Osborn, A. Millar, R. Baldwin, S. Crowder, J. Rivington and J. Fletcher, and I. Pottinger, 1759. 12mo, two volumes: pp. [i-ii] iii-iv [v] vi [vii-viii]  2-266 [267-280: index]; [i-iv]  2-260 [261-272: index], twelve inserted plates with uncredited copper engravings, early full calf, brown leather spine labels. Second edition in English. The second English translation (this one by Laurent Bordelon according to the British Library catalogue) of LE DIABLE BOITEUX, a classic French fantasy first published in Paris in 1707. Le Sage's novel "imitated in framework and title ... DIABLO COJUELO of Guevara (1641)." Asmodée, the "diable boiteux" is "released by Don Cléophas Zambullo from a bottle in which he has been imprisoned by an astrologer. To divert his benefactor, Asmodée lifts the roofs off the houses of Madrid and shows him what is passing within. This provides the author with an opportunity for a satirical picture of the Parisian society of the day in all its perversity." - Harvey and Heseltine (eds), The Oxford Companion to French Literature, p. 201. "Light, entertaining material that has served as the ultimate model for many diabolic tours for purposes of satire and amusement." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1009. "Less a novel than a sequence of highly entertaining satirical episodes, ASMODEUS became the model for numerous narratives in which a demon gives a human being a magical tour of contemporary life and vice." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-45. Bleiler (1978), p. 123. Reginald 08942. Lowndes, p. 1343. ESTC N008912. Some offset to upper, lower and fore-edge margins of each frontispiece and last leaf of each index caused by interaction of the paper with the leather under the paste-downs, some offset from frontispieces on title pages, otherwise internally clean and fine throughout. The binding is sound, but the calf is quite scuffed, and there is cracking, peeling and some loss of surface to the spine panels, especially that of volume two. An uncommon edition. (#131864).
"The Second Edition, corrected" on the title pages.