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The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane. A New Translation, by the Author of Roderick Random.

Engraved by Unidentified artist, English, 18th century, Author Alain René Le Sage (French, 1668–1747), Publisher Thomas Osborne (English, died in 1767), Publisher John Rivington (English, 1720–1792)

Place of Publication: London, England


Overall (vol. 1): 18.4 x 11.4 x 2.5 cm (7 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 33 etching and engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: T. Osborne, J. Rivington [et al.], 1766) Duodecimo, four vols.; [v. 1] 162 leaves, plus 9 plates; [v.2] 134 ll., 8 pls.; [v.3] 150 ll., 8 pls.; [v. 4] 142 ll., 8 pls.; old gilt-stamped mottled brown calf.

Illustrations to Le Sage’s novel.

London: T. Osborne, J. Rivington [et al.], 1766


Early ownership inscription crossed out; Cary Tucker [inscription]; B. & J. F. Meehan, Export Booksellers, Bath [label]; acquired in 1916 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