"Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers": Finely Bound Copy Memoirs of the Life of Voltaire. Written by Himself
Memoirs of the Life of Voltaire. Written by Himself.
Item Number: 49029
London: Printed for G. Robinson, 1790.
Early edition in English of the memoirs of Voltaire. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in full brown calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In near fine condition. Translated from the French.
Written in the tongue-in-cheek manner for which he was famous, Monsieur de Voltaire’s memoirs reveal a new perspective on the international politics and history of the 18th century. Voltaire's role as acclaimed author, poet, dramatist, and philosopher led him to experience the personal attentions of the most illustrious men and women of his time. His irreverent, to say the least, portrayals of the leading figures of the day provide a hilarious portrait of the royal courts of Europe which fought over his services for almost 30 years. Only published posthumously, these memoirs relate and then commentate on literary accomplishments, historic fact, and salacious gossip alike.