Item #125647 The adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane . . . Translated by Benjamin Heath Malkin. Alain Rene Lesage.
The adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane . . . Translated by Benjamin Heath Malkin.
The adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane . . . Translated by Benjamin Heath Malkin.
The adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane . . . Translated by Benjamin Heath Malkin.
The adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane . . . Translated by Benjamin Heath Malkin.

The adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane . . . Translated by Benjamin Heath Malkin.

1809. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809.

4 vols, 8vo, (8), 462; (4), 454; (8), 467, (1); (8), 456pp. With 24 engraved plates by Robert Smirke, mostly browned as usual. Old polished calf, marbled edges, neatly rebacked, backstrips richly gilt. A very good set with the original Manchester bookseller's green label Thackray in each volume.

§ First edition of this version, translated by Malkin whose memoir of his prodigy child was illustrated by William Blake. "Smirke was a renowned artist of the time. His pictures were usually of small size and painted in monochrome, and so adapted for engraving. He designed illustrations for the Bible, The Picturesque Beauties of Shakespeare (1783), Johnson's Rasselas (1805), Gil Blas (1809), the Arabian Nights (1811), Adventures of Hunchback (1814), Don Quixote, (translated by his daughter, Mary Smirke, 1818), and various British poets, especially James Thomson." "Gil Blas is a picaresque novel by Alain-René Lesage published between 1715 and 1735. It was highly popular, and was translated several times into English, most notably as The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, by Tobias Smollett in 1748." (Wikipedia). Item #125647

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