or, the wonderful adventures of the mandarin Fum-Hoam: related by himself, to divert the sultana, upon the celebration of her nuptials. Written in French by M. Gueulette. Translated by the Rev. Mr. Stackhouse.London: Harrison and Co., 1781 Stock Code: 126770
First edition with Thomas Stothard's engravings, and the sixth 18th-century edition overall. Stothard was then a young engraver, but was rapidly gaining prestige for his illustrations and artwork. Gueulette first published the Chinese Tales in French in 1723. Though entirely invented, it joined his other works such as Mogul Tales and Tartarian Tales to cement the author's key role in the "Oriental tale" genre, popular throughout the 18th century and lending itself readily to philosophical reflection.
Octavo (207 x 128 mm). Recent marbled boards with paper label.
With 3 engravings by Thomas Stothard.
Some light foxing, else a very good copy.
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