Asmodeus; Or, The Devil On Two Sticks.
Joseph Thomas, Finch Lane, Cornhill.
8vo, in fours. 6.75 x 9.75 inches. xx + 401 +  pp. Bound in half green morocco, gilt, over green boards; spine in compartments with raised bands decorated gilt. Marbled endpapers. Spine, board and endpaper edges sunned and occasional spotting, including preliminaries; otherwise a very good copy. Armourial bookplate of Viscount Birkenhead. Illustrated by frontispiece and by wood engravings throughout text. Decorated by headpiece vignettes and by initials. A comic novel, translated from the French of Le Diable Boiteux of 1707, relating the story of the king of demons released in Madrid. Many times translated, it was one of the best known works of the novelist and playwright, Alain Ren? Le Sage (1668-1747), who was also the author of Gil Blas (1715-35). This 1841 English translation includes a biographical notice of Le Sage by Jules Gabriel Janin (1804-74), writer and critic, and is illustrated by Antoine Johannot (1803-52), noted French engraver. The copy was owned by F. E. Smith, later 1st Earl of Birkenhead (1872-1930), notable barrister and Conservative politician, holding high office. He held the title Viscount (between those of Baron and Earl), 1921-22.
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