Manners in Three Parts. Translated from the French, Francois-Vincent Toussaint, 1770
Manners in Three Parts. Translated from the French:
Part I. Of Piety: including the love of God, and the Gratitude and Homage which we owe him;
Part II. Of Wisdom: comprehending Prudence, Fortitude, Justice, and Temnperance;
Part III. Of Social Love: its different kinds; conjugal, paternal, and filial. Of Friendship and Humanity.
To which is Prefixed, A Preliminary Discourse on Virtue.
Written by Francois-Vincent Toussaint (uncredited in this translation - the Dedication is misleadingly signed by 'Panages'.). The book was originally published in French in 1748 as Les Mœurs, and was banned the same year by the French Court of Justice who prosecuted and burned the book. The novel was a huge success initially but caused a scandal – partly because one of the characters was said to be based on Queen Marie Laczinska, wife of King Louis XV. Like most 'banned' books, its status probably helped ensure the book's popularity.
Printed for Robert Urie, Glasgow, 1770. 'The Fifth Edition'. This particular edition is extremely scarce - Worldcat only lists one printed copy worldwide at Glasgow University Library.
A good copy in contemporary calf. Covers are worn, rubbed and scuffed, with cracking and wear to outer hinges at spine, and worn to edges. Some offsetting to endpaper edges. Previous owner's script signature to half title.
One small nibble to lower edge margin of title page. Overall text is clean and bright with light scattered spotting.
An interesting curio.
xx + vi + 275pp.
Approximate dimensions: 171mm high x 106mm wide x 25mm deep.
Weight approximately 252g.