Item #H34724 Cassandra, A Romance, 5 volumes (1737). seigneur de la Calprenède Gauthier de Costes, trans Charles Cotterell.
Cassandra, A Romance, 5 volumes (1737)
Cassandra, A Romance, 5 volumes (1737)
Cassandra, A Romance, 5 volumes (1737)
Cassandra, A Romance, 5 volumes (1737)
Cassandra, A Romance, 5 volumes (1737)

Cassandra, A Romance, 5 volumes (1737)

London: Printed for J. J. and P. Knapton, et al. 1737. Hardcover. "The Fourth Edition, very much corrected." 5 volumes, contemporary dark brown calf, 8vo, 6.5 x 4 inches, good or better, with bookplates of Sir Francis Fust, 5th Baronet (1705–1769); smaller bookplates on the front pastedowns, the larger ones on the rear pastedowns. (Apparently, it was well known historically that Sir Fust had enormous pride in his heritage and lineage, here expressed in the bookplates, the larger version of which has 40 quarterings). The first and third volumes are lacking title labels, second volume lacking rear flyleaf, 5th volume with loss to rear flyleaf, contents all clean. La Calprenède (1609-1663) published "Cassandre" between 1642 and 1650. Cotterell (1615-1701) first published his translation of it in 1652. Cassandra tells the "history" of the heroic Oroondates, the prince of Scythia, and his love, Statira, the daughter of the kind of Persia (Scythia's enemy). The main action of the romance takes place in Babylon, in the time of Alexander (Wells ). Oroondates sees Satira in for a brief moment during a battle between their two nations and falls in love with her. He disguises himself to enter the Persian camp and get close to Statira, befriending her brother Artaxerxes and eventually learning of her returned affection and exposing himself as Oroondates. Statira, who masquerades as Cassandra after Alexander conquers her father's kingdom (giving the work its title), is lead by Roxana (who is also in love with Oroondates) to believe Oroondates has been unfaithful. She marries Alexander and after his death, Statira is condemned to death by Roxana. Lysimachus, who is in love with Statira's sister, tells Oroondates that Statira (and her sister) are dead and Oroondates attempts to kill himself. However, he survives and with the help of a number of friends (Artaxerxes, Lysimachus, and Perdiccas) takes back the city of Babylon, where he discovers that Statira was not put to death, but rescued by Perdiccas and brought back to the city. The two are then finally able to be together. (This information comes from a blog called Arabella's Romances on weebly). Rare in the trade. Good. Item #H34724

Price: $375.00