Publisher: London: Printed for A. Millar and J. Nourse, R. and J. Dodsley; D. David and C. Reymer, 1757.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T89805; Fleeman 57.3LMM/1.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; fine copy.
Book ID: 28238
Description5 vols, 12mo, 20th century olive speckled calf period-style with brown on-laid panels on the upper and lower boards, brown morocco spine labels, gilt decorations and lettering, a.e.g. Bound without the half-titles.
CommentsCharlotte Lennox's translation of the Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire de Madame de Maintenon (1635-1719), written by Madame Laurent Angliviel de La Beaumelle (1726-1773), and one of several translations from the French by novelist and poet Lennox (1720-1804). Madame de Maintenon was the second wife of Louis XIV of France, though the marriage was not officially acknowledged and she was consequently never the queen of France. Her first marriage was to French poet Paul Scarron. Samuel Johnson assisted Lennox with the dedication. Oliver Goldsmith reviewed the translation in the Monthly Review and congratulated the translator, who he does not identify, with condensing the work down to five volumes from its interminable 15-volume French original.