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"Printed by Morrison and Gibb Ltd. London and Edinburgh"; Chatto and Windus publishers, London; no publication date in book; "Translated from the French into English by Sir Thomas Urquhart and Peter le Motteux, In one volume"; hardbound thick book with blue boards and gilt lettering on spine; previous owner's name inside cover; some foxing and minor staining inside; some minor page tears; see pics.


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The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel (French: La vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel) is a pentalogy of novels written in the 16th century by François Rabelais, which tells of the adventures of two giants, Gargantua and his son Pantagruel. The text is written in an amusing, extravagant, and satirical vein, and features much crudity, scatological humor, and violence (lists of explicit or vulgar insults fill several chapters).


The censors of the Collège de la Sorbonne stigmatized it as obscene, and in a social climate of increasing religious oppression in a lead up to the French Wars of Religion, it was treated with suspicion, and contemporaries avoided mentioning it. According to Rabelais, the philosophy of his giant Pantagruel, "Pantagruelism", is rooted in "a certain gaiety of mind pickled in the scorn of fortuitous things" (French: une certaine gaîté d'esprit confite dans le mépris des choses fortuites).

Rabelais had studied Ancient Greek and he applied it in inventing hundreds of new words in the text, some of which became part of the French language. Wordplay and risqué humor abound in his writing.

The Lives, Heroic Deeds & Sayings of Gargantua & Pantagruel by François Rabelais

SKU: BS33c
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