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The works of M. de Voltaire

Author: VoltaireT SmollettThomas FrancklinJohn NewberyR BaldwinAll authors
Publisher: London : Printed for J. Newbery, R. Baldwin, W. Johnston, S. Crowder, T. Davies, J. Coote, G. Kearsley, and B. Collins, at Salisbury, MDCCLXI-MDCCLXIX [1761-1769], 1774.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Mixed form : English
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: Voltaire; Voltaire
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Voltaire; T Smollett; Thomas Francklin; John Newbery; R Baldwin; W Johnston; Stanley Crowder; Thomas Davies; J Coote; George Kearsley; B Collins; Richard Francklin; Alexander Bannerman; John Hall; James Hulett; John Miller; Francis Patton; G Rollos; James Gwin; Pierre Mignard; Hyacinthe Rigaud; Samuel Wale; S. Crowder and Co.,
OCLC Number: 43194252
Notes: The first English translation of Voltaire's collected works.
Vols. 2-7 have statement of responsibility: " ... by T. Smollet, M.D., T. Francklin, M.A. and others." Vols. 8-11, 16-17, 19-24, 26, 28-35: " ... by T. Smollett, M.D., T. Francklin, M.A. and others." Vol. 36: " ... by T. Smollett, M.D., T. Francklin, A.M. and others."
Vols. 12-15, 18, 25 and 27 have title and statement of responsibility: The dramatic works of Mr. de Voltaire / translated by the Rev. Mr. Francklin. Numbered on t.p.: "Vol. I[-VII]."
Vol. 24 has title and statement of responsibility: The Henriade / by Mr. de Voltaire ; translated from the French, by T. Smollett M.D., T. Francklin, M.A. and others. Vols. 32-33 have title and statement of responsibility: Miscellaneous poems / by Mr. de Voltaire ; translated from the French, by T. Smollet M.D., T. Francklin, M.A. and others. Numbered on t.p. respectively: "Vol. XXIV," "Vol. XXXII, "Vol. XXXIII."
Vols. 37-38 have title and statement of responsibility: The age of Louis XV : being the sequel of the age of Louis XIV / translated from the French of M. de Voltaire ; with a supplement, comprising an account of all the public and private affairs of France, from the peace of Versailles, 1763, to the death of Louis XV, May 10th, 1774. Numbered on t.p.: Vol. I[-II]. And thirty-seventh[-thirty-eighth] of his works.
Rousseau considers v. 37-38 to be part of the 3rd edition.
A translation of Voltaire's Lettres de M. de Voltaire à ses amis du Parnasse, with title Letters from M. de Voltaire to several of his friends (London : Printed for T. Davies and J. Wheble, 1770) is sometimes (e.g., by Rousseau, 2⁷) considered part of this or the 2nd edition.
Volumes intended to be "bound up in two different sets; one of which may properly be called his prose works, and the other his dramatic and poetical works"--Advertisement at end of v. 10.
Half title, v. 10: The prose works of Voltaire. Vol. X.
Half title, v. 14-15, 18, 25, 27: The works of Voltaire. Vol. XIV [etc.]. Being vol. III[-VII] of his dramatic works.
Half title, v. 16-17, 19-23, 26: The works of Voltaire. Vol. XVI [etc.]. Being vol. XII[-XIX] of his prose works.
Half title, v. 28-31, 34-36: The works of M. de Voltaire. Vol. XXVIII [etc.]. Being vol. XX[-XXVI] of his prose works.
Half title, v. 24, 32-33: The works of Voltaire. Vol. XXIV [XXXII, XXXIII].
Vols. 1-11, 16-17, 19-23, 28-31, 34-36: Volume numbering on t.p. is for Prose works subseries: "Volume the first[-eighteenth]," "Volume the twentieth[-twenty-sixth]." Vol. 26, which is v. 19 of the Prose works, has "Volume the twenty-sixth" on title page.
"Smollett does not seem to have had any part in the translation, and Francklin's only contribution seems to have been the Orestes"--Evans. In a letter of May 8, 1763, Smollett described his contribution as "a small part ... including all the notes historical and critical," but he most likely annotated the Prose works only. Cf. Joliat, E. Smollett, editor of Voltaire (Modern language notes 54 (1939): 429-436); Chilton, L.A. Tobias Smollett: a case study (In The Oxford history of literary translation in English, v. 3, p. 105-110). "[Smollett's] specific contributions to the translation, save for lightly editing his Micromégas, are not definitively established"--Chilton, p. 106.
Publishers vary slightly. Vol. 12: J. Newbery, R. Baldwin, S. Crowder and Co., J. Coote, T. Davies, W. Johnston, and G. Kearsley. Vols. 13-15, 18, 24-25, 27, 32-33: J. Newbery, R. Baldwin, S. Crowder and Co., J. Coote, T. Davies, W. Johnston, R. Francklin, and G. Kearsley. Vol. 35: J. Newbery, R. Baldwin, W. Johnston, S. Crowder, T. Davies, J. Coote, and B. Collins, at Salisbury. Vols. 37-38 have publisher statement: Printed for G. Kearsly, at no. 46, in Fleet-Street.
Vols.1-9, 12-13 dated 1761; vols.10-11, 14-24 dated 1762; vols. 25-30 dated 1763; vols. 31-34 dated 1764; vol. 35 dated 1765 (given as "MDCCLLXV"); vol. 36 dated 1769; vols. 37-38 dated 1774.
The illustrations are full-page engravings (4 on folded leaves); include frontispiece to each vol., except v. 35. Engravers include A. Bannerman, J. Hall, J. Hulett, J. Miller, F. Patton and G. Rollos (map); artists include J. Gwin, P. Mignard, H. Rigaud and S. Wale.
Type flower rules and other ornaments; the 10 v. of dramatic works and poetry have a type flower ornament on t.p.
Description: 38 v. : ill., map, ports. ; 18 cm (12mo)
Contents: v. 1-5. Ancient and modern history, chap. I-CLI --
v. 6. Ancient and modern history, chap. CLII-CLXV. The age of Lewis XIV, being Mr. Voltaire's general history continued, chap. CLXVI-CLXXII --
v. 7. The age of Lewis XIV, chap. CLXXII-CLXXXVI --
v. 8-9. The modern history continued, chap. CLXXXVII-CCXV --
v. 10. Observations on history. Pieces relating to the History of Charles XII, King of Sweden. The history of Charles XII, King of Sweden, book 1-5 --
v. 11. The history of Charles XII, King of Sweden, book 6-7. Zadig, or, Fate : an Oriental history, and, The world as it goes, the vision of Babouc, written by himself. Micromegas --
v. 12. Oedipus. Mariamne. Brutus --
v. 13. A dissertation on antient and modern tragedy. Semiramis. The death of Caesar. Amelia, or, The duke of Foix --
v. 14. Orestes. The prodigal --
v. 15. Merope. Nanine. The babbler --
v. 16-17. Miscellanies in history, literature and philosophy --
v. 18. Zara. The prude. Pandora --
v. 19. The history of the war of 1741 --
v. 20-22. Annals of the Empire from the time of Charlemagne --
v. 23. Candid, or, the optimist. Candid, or, The optimist, part second. Miscellaneous pieces --
v. 24. The Henriade --
v. 25. Mahomet. Socrates. Alzira --
v. 26. Philosophical miscellanies. Elements of Newton's philosophy --
v. 27. Catiline. The coffee-house, or, The Scotch woman. The orphan of China --
v. 28-29. History of the Russian Empire under Peter the Great --
v. 30-31. Additions to the Essay on general history, and the manners and spirit of nations, from Charlemagne to the present time. v. 32-33. Miscellaneous poems --
v. 34. A treatise upon toleration, &c. --
v. 35. The tales of William Vadé --
v. 36. The princess of Babylon. A letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Archbishop of Paris. The man worth forty crowns --
v. 37-38. The age of Louis XV : being a sequel to The age of Louis XIV.
Other Titles: Prose works of Voltaire.
Dramatic works of Mr. de Voltaire.
Miscellaneous poems.
Age of Louis XV.
Works.
Works of Voltaire
Responsibility: translated from the French ; with notes, historical and critical, by Dr. Smollet, and others.

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