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Rousseau, composée de documens authentiques, et dont une partie est restée inconnue, jusqu'à ce jour ; d'une biographie de ses contemporains, considérés dans leurs rapports avec cet homme célèbre, suivie de lettres inédites. Paris, 1821, 2 vols. 8vo.
“ The history of the life and writings of Rousseau abounds in valuable details, and useful and interesting reflections. We may say that the reader cannot be made completely acquainted with Rousseau, without reading this work. It is an indispensable appendage to the literary labours of the citizen of Geneva.”Revue Ency. vol. 11, p. 125.
Les Hommes illustres qui ont paru en France,
pendant ce siècle, avec leurs portraits, au naturel. Paris, 1696-1700, 2 tom. in 1 vol. fol. “ There is no previous work to be put in competition with this, and the engravers are worthy of the illustrious characters, whose physiognomies will go down to posterity from the magic of their burin. The principal engravers are Edelinck and Nanteuil, and those who wish to possess right copies must see that the heads of Arnauld and Pascal be there, as on their appearance, the bile of the Jesuits was moved to such a pitch, that they caused their suppression in many of the copies of this first edition, but they were triumphantly restored, and the celebrity of Port Royal was exalted by an adaptation of the following passage from Tacitus, to the suppression of their portraits: 'Præfulgebant Cassius atque Brutus eo ipso quod cffigies
non videbantur.'”—Dibdin's Library Companion, p. 497.
Notice de la Vie et des Ecrits de George Louis
le Sage, de Genève, Membre de l'Académie et de l'Institut de Boulogne, &c.rédigé d'après ses notes. Genève, 1805, 1 vol. 8vo.
“ The biographical sketch here announced, has more than an ordinary claim to the attention of the reader. The subject of it is a philosopher, who, beside the peculiarities incident to genius, had several that belonged exclusively to himself. These he was careful to study and explain; and the notes which he has left behind him, seem to entitle him to the rare eulogy of having given an accurate and candid delineation of his own character. His biographer too, had the advantage of being intimately acqnainted with the person whom he has undertaken to describe, and has been attentive to mark whatever appeared singular in the constitution or progress of his mind.”—Edinburgh Review,vol. 10,
Retz, See Hlistory.
Staal (Madame de).
Mémoires de Madame de Staal (née Launai).
Paris, 1755, 4 vols. 12mo. “If far beneath the magisterial dignity of d’Aguesscau ; the lufty conflicts of Cardinal de Reiz; the elegant literary career of Mr. Gibbon, or the learned ease of Huetius, it had been the lot of the Reminiscent, to move in a very low condition, yet to lave seen, observed, and read much, and he had felt a wish to communicate his obscure adventures, and his reflections on them to the public, he could not have desired a better pen than that of Madame de Staal. Her memoirs are written with great purity
of language, her wit sparkles in every page of them."-Butler's Reminisences, vol. 2, p. 31-8. .
“We may now take a peep at the female correspondents (Madame de Deffand's) in the first rank of whom we must place Madame de Staal, so well known to most of our readers by her charming Memoirs. This Lady was attached to the Court of the Duchess of Maine ; and her letters, independent of the wit and penetration they display, are exceedingly interesting from the near and humiliating view they afford of the miserable ennui, the selfishness and paltry jealousies which brood in the atmosphere of a court."-Edinburgh Review, Vol. 15, p. 470.