Oeuvres De Maitre Francois Rabelais, suivies des Remarques publiees en anglois par M. le Motteux, et traduites en francois par C. D. M. Nouvelle edition ornee de 76 gravures.
Item Number: 2045
Paris: Chez Ferdinand Bastien, 1798.
First edition illustrated, three volumes, octavos. In good condition, all edges gilt, tooling to the spine, expertly rebacked. All plates present. An attractive set.
One of the great writers of world literature, François Rabelais is considered among the creators of modern European writing (Bahtin, 1984). His most renowned work is Gargantua and Pantagruel, and its satire and scatalogical humor of this time of censorship and increasing religious oppression have won Rabelais consideration as "....the greatest writer in the French language" (Le Clézio, 2008). The French novelist Honoré de Balzac was directly inspired by Rabelais to write his Les Cent Contes Drolatiques, and he quotes Rabelais lavishly in his La Comédie humaine (Brix, 2005).