Gargantua & Pantagruel The Five Books by Francois Rabelais (Heritage Press 1942)


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This is a very good hardcover. NO slipcase on this copy, slipcase missing. 1942 Heritage Press. This copy is very clean inside and out. Pages have light natural tanning from age but are free of foxing, marks etc. The binding is tight and straight. Octavo, 8vo 6x9. The hardcover boards are gray cloth w blue lettering. They are very good, clean and only light shelf wear from display.

This edition is translated into English by Jacques LeClercq and illustrated by Lynd Ward. The five novels were written by Rabelais in the 16th century. They tell the adventures of two giants, Gargantua and his son Pantagruel. This edition contains the five novels.

The first novel written was Pantagruel, which covers the son Pantagruel from his birth, briefly touching upon his childhood till he was sent away by his father to the university. He soon acquires great reputation and when he receives a letter that his father's country has been invaded, he and his companions depart for the homeland where the invaders surrender.

The second novel, produced a narrative of Pantagruel's father, Gargantua. This novel also begins with a birth, Gargantua's and follows the life of Gargantua through his return to save a kingdom.

The third novel picks up where Pantagruel ended, and in the 4th book we see Pantagruel set out to sea with his companions where they visit interesting lands and peoples. The 5th book continues the fantastical journey and was actually published posthumously.

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