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CAMÕES, Luis de

La Lusiade . . poëme héroïque, en diz chants, Nouvellement traduit du Portugais, avec des notes & la vie de l'auteur.  Enrichi de Figures à chaque Chant.


Paris, Nyon aîné, 1776.


2 vols.  8vo.  I: (2) ff., xxix (1) pp., (1) f., 320 pp.;  II: (2) ff., 291 (1) pp., (2) ff.  With 10 attractive engraved plates.   Contemporary calf, spines gilt (lower cover of Vol. II repaired, some slight worming at foot of spine).   Very occasional discolouration in Vol. 1.  With the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst.  

The well-printed and attractive first edition of this anonymous prose translation.   The writer and translator, Nicolas-Gabriel Vaquette d'Hermilly, compiled a literal translation from the Portuguese text, which was then transcribed into poetical prose by the well-known literato, Jean-François de la Harpe, who also added historical and critical notes and an account on the life and works of Camões.   The fine plates which precede each canto are unsigned. 

Palha 1767.  José do Canto 244.   Innocêncio XIV, 206.  Brunet I, 1518.   Cohen 94, “attribuées à Eisen.”


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