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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)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Overall (each vol., depth variable): 19.2 x 13 x 4 cm (7 9/16 x 5 1/8 x 1 9/16 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 blind- and gilt-stamped brown calf.

Literary illustrations.

Paris: Didot jeune, for Janet and Hubert, 1795


Acquired in 1909 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