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Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane

Illustrated by C. Bornet (French, active 1774–1801), Illustrated by François Philippe Charpentier (French, 1734–1817), Illustrated by Jean Duplessi-Bertaux (French, 1747–1819), Engraved by Jean Jacques Hubert (French, born in 1760), Author Alain René Le Sage (French, 1668–1747), Printer Pierre François Didot (French, 1731–1793), Binding by Bozerian (French)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 632; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 91


Overall (each vol., depth variable): 22.5 x 14.5 x 4.2 cm (8 7/8 x 5 11/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 100 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Didot jeune, for Janet and Hubert, 1795) Octavo, four vols.; [v. 1] 199 leaves, plus 25 plates; [v. 2] 167 ll., plus 25 pls.; [v. 3] 191 ll., plus 25 pls.; [v. 4] 184 ll., plus 25 pls.; contemporary gilt-stamped red morocco (P. Bozerian jeune).

Literary illustrations.

Paris: Didot jeune, for Janet and Hubert, 1795


Unidentified pen initials on front flyleaf "E. F. P.[?"; Albert Britnell, bookseller, Toronto, Canada (his No. 16 [new series] Toronto Second-Hand Book Circular Aug. 1923, cat. 1); from whom acquired in 1923 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent