1796 THE ADVENTURES OF TELEMACHUS Complete Luxury Edition with 30 engravings

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Seller: antiqueparchments (2,901) 99.5%, Location: Kansas City, Missouri, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 401636078702 THE ADVENTURES OF TELEMACHUS in four complete volumes, decorated with 30 filigreed engravings. A didactic French novel by Fénelon, Archbishop of Cambrai, who in 1689 became tutor to the seven-year-old grandson of Louis XIV and second in line to the throne. It was published anonymously in 1699 and reissued in 1717 by his family. The slender plot fills out a gap in Homer's Odyssey, recounting the educational travels of Telemachus, son of Ulysses, accompanied by his tutor, Mentor, who is revealed at the end of the story to be Minerva, goddess of wisdom, in disguise. Fénelon described his book as a prose "epic". His choice of simple vernacular prose as a means of spreading morality and enlightened ideas to the widest possible audience, including women and children, was very much in the spirit of the 18th-century age of Enlightenment. Volume size: 5.5" x 3.5" x 1" See other $0.99 items. Year Printed: 1796, Topic: Adventure, Special Attributes: Collector's Edition

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