Item #24235 The pupil of nature; a true history, found amongst the papers of Father Quesnel. Translated from the original French of Mons. de Voltaire. Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire.
The pupil of nature; a true history, found amongst the papers of Father Quesnel. Translated from the original French of Mons. de Voltaire.

The pupil of nature; a true history, found amongst the papers of Father Quesnel. Translated from the original French of Mons. de Voltaire.

London: T. Carnan, 1771. First edition in English of his famous philosophical tale, L'Ingénu, first published in 1767; 12mo, pp. [4], 210; contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, neatly rebacked, black morocco label on spine; two short tears entering the top margin of the title, 1 internal page stained, else generally very good and sound. An edition was published in Philadelphia in 1778. L'Ingénu is a young man born in Canada of French parents, but brought up for twenty years among the Hurons. "He then comes to France, and is recognized as the lost nephew of an old French prior and his sister … [L'Ingénu's] simplicity, frankness, and good sense produce some comical situations … The story … is both a protest against abuses of power … and an exposure of some of the absurdities of our conventions" (Ox. Comp. to French Literature). Item #24235

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