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The busy-body: or, successful spy: being the entertaining history of Mons. Bigand, a man infinitely inquisitive and enterprising even to rashness; which unhappy faculties, nevertheless, instead of ruining, raised him from the lowest obscurity, to a most splendid fortune. Interspersed with several humorous stories. The whole containing great variety and adventures, equally instructive and diverting. Vol. I
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Person:
Mouhy, Charles de Fieux, chevalier de, 1701-1784.
Cogan, F. Printed for
Southern, William S. Author (inscription)
Title:
The busy-body: or, successful spy: being the entertaining history of Mons. Bigand, a man infinitely inquisitive and enterprising even to rashness; which unhappy faculties, nevertheless, instead of ruining, raised him from the lowest obscurity, to a most splendid fortune. Interspersed with several humorous stories. The whole containing great variety and adventures, equally instructive and diverting. Vol. I
Variant Title:
The busy-body: or, successful spy: being the entertaining history of Mons. Bigand, a man infinitely inquisitive and enterprising even to rashness; which unhappy faculties, nevertheless, instead of ruining, raised him from the lowest obscurity, to a most splendid fortune. Interspersed with several humorous stories. The whole containing great variety and adventures, equally instructive and diverting. Vol. II (Full, Volume, Letter-press, v.2)
The busy-body: or, successful spy: Vol. I (Half, Work, Letter-press, v.1)
Publisher:
London: Printed for F. Cogan, at the Middle-Temple-Gate.
Publication date:
1742.
Format:
Duodecimo
Number of Volumes / Pagination:
2 v. ;
Book Height:
18 cm.
Textual Source Claim:
Translation Preface French
Paratextual Essay Description:
Preface The preface. Front
Preface The preface. Front
Advertisement To the reader Letter Advertisement to the reader. Back
Narrative form:
First-person
Advertisement Genre:
Mixed Genre Back Same publisher v.2
Inscription:
William S. Southern (?) Written in pencil in the top right-hand corner of a blank leaf at the front of volume 1. v.1
Citation / Reference Note:
Beasley, J.C. Prose fiction pub. in England, 1740-1749, 106
ESTC (RLIN) T96254
Block, A. Engl. novel (1961 ed.), p 57
Subject Headings:
CHR 1742
PRO Singer, Jacob (donor) (Singer-Mendenhall copy)
PRO Singer, Leah (donor) (Singer-Mendenhall copy)
PRO Singer, Godfrey F. (honoree) (Singer-Mendenhall copy)
PRO Burr, Charles W. (Charles Walts), 1861- (donor) (RBC copy)
Corporate / Collection Name:
Early Novels
Collection of British and American Fiction, 1660-1830 (University of Pennsylvania) University of Pennsylvania
Repository:
University of Pennsylvania
General notes:
Publisher's advertisements: v. 2, [4]-[7] at end.
Translation of: La mouche, ou Les aventures de M. Bigand, published anonymously. By the Chevalier de Mouhy. Cf. Barbier, A.A. Ouvrages anonymes, v. 3, col. 369.

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Repository: University Of Pennsylvania
Noun: Adventure
Noun: Busy-body
Noun: Faculty
Noun: Fortune
Noun: History
Noun: Man
Noun: Obscurity
Adjective: Diverting
Adjective: Enterprising
Adjective: Entertaining
Adjective: Equally
Adjective: Great
Adjective: Humorous
Adjective: Infinitely
Person: Mons. Bigand
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Printed for F. Cogan, at the Middle-Temple-Gate
Date of publication: 1742
Number of volumes: 2 v.
Paratextual essay description: Advertisement
Paratextual essay description: Letter
Paratextual essay description: Preface
Paratextual essay description: To the reader
Paratextual essay heading: Advertisement to the reader
Paratextual essay heading: The preface
Index: no
Narrative form: First-person
Decade: 1740s
Year: 1742