Title: The Life of Petrarch. Collected from Memoires pour la Vie de Petrarch, by Mrs Dobson.
Publication: London: Printed by T. Maiden, for Vernor and Hood; J. Cuthell; E. Newbery; J. Walker; Lackington, Al 1799.
Description: 4th edition. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xviii, 388, [xii]; [ii], 401, [xi] + frontispiece to each volume and 6 further plates, totalling 8 as called for. Occasional light foxing, a little offset toning from plates but generally clean. Contemporary marbled calf, spines gilt with red morocco, gilt borders and dentelles, edges lightly sprinkled red and blue, marbled endpapers. Rubbed, spines sunned, a little loss to headcap vol. I, lighter oval shape to each upper board as though perhaps a label has been removed, corners bumped. Still a very good, attractive set. Ownership inscription of Dorothy Symons to head of each volume's title-page, with a date of 1800 to vol. II.
An abridgment of J. F. A. de Sade's Memoires pour la Vie de François Pétrarque, translated into English by Susannah Dobson (d.1795). First published in 1775, it was praised by contemporaries including the novelists Clara Reeve and Elizabeth Benger. The first reprint appeared in 1777 and it remained in print up until its 6th edition in 1805. Dobson went on to produce several more translations: Sainte-Palaye's The Literary History of the Troubadours (1779) and Memoirs of Ancient Chivalry (1784), and Petrarch's De remediis utriusque fortunae, which she published in 1791 as Petrarch's View of Human Life. Dobson is also thought to be the author of the anonymously-published scholarly works Dialogue on Friendship and Society (1777) and Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry (1795).
Bibliography: ESTC N11179
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