Published in 1885 by Garnier Freres. Half-leather binding with 5 raised spine bands and gilt decoration and lettering. Marbled boards, end papers, and page edges. Text in French. Introduction and notes by J Assezat.
Jacques the Fatalist and his Master (French: Jacques le fataliste et son maître) is a novel by Denis Diderot, written during the period 1765-1780. The first French edition was published posthumously in 1796, but it was known earlier in Germany, thanks to Goethe's partial translation, which appeared in 1785.
The main subject of the book is the relationship between the valet Jacques and his master, who is never named. The two are traveling to a destination the narrator leaves vague, and to dispel the boredom of the journey Jacques is compelled by his master to recount the story of his loves. However, Jacques's story is continually interrupted by other characters and various comic mishaps. Other characters in the book tell their own stories and they, too, are continually interrupted. The tales told are usually humorous, with romance or sex as their subject matter, and feature complex characters indulging in deception.
Moderate wear to the edges, spine and corners. The gilt lettering on the spine is rubbed and not easily visible. A name is written on the title page. Foxing on the end papers. The binding is sound and pretty tight, and the text pages are clean with only a few foxing spots.
A nice neat copy.