THE ADVENTURES OF TELEMACHUS, THE SON OF ULYSSES. Translated from the French ... With Notes, by the Author of The Dissertation on the Parian Chronicle. London: Printed for B. Law ... , 1795. 12mo, two volumes: pp. [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xvi  2-295 [296: blank]; [1-4]  2-305 [306: blank] [307-312: index], engraved folded map inserted as frontispiece in volume one, contemporary three-quarter brown calf and marbled boards, spine panels lettered and ruled in gold. First edition of this translation by J. Robertson. Didactic romance, a precursor of the political tales of Marmontel and Voltaire, first published surreptitiously in France in 1699 and first published in English translation (part one only) by Isaac Littlebury later the same year. Fenelon relates the imaginary adventures of Telemaque, son of Ulysses, who leaves Ithaca to search for his father who has been long delayed on his return from Troy. Telemaque, accompanied by the goddess Minerva in the guise of the wise old man Mentor, meets with adventures that have no relation to the Odyssey, but rather resemble those of a knight-errant, amid Greek surroundings charmingly described. With this story Fenelon combines precepts of physical and intellectual education, political utopias, and moral dissertations. Gibson and Patrick, "Utopias and Dystopias, 1500-1750" in Gibson, St. Thomas More: A Preliminary Bibliography (1961) 675. Fortunati and Trousson (eds), Dictionary of Literary Utopias, pp. 71-3. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel F7. Lewis, Utopian Literature, pp. 62-4. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 341. Bleiler (1978), p. 72. NCBEL II 1510. Minor foxing to several leaves, bindings rubbed, a very good copy. (#149784).
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