Adventures of Casanova.

By Giacomo Casanova

Printed: 2007

Publisher: The Folio Society. London

Dimensions 19 × 25 × 4 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 19 x 25 x 4

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In a fitted Box. Brown cloth binding with a painting of people. Gilt title on the spine.

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Soldier, confidence trickster, libertine and fugitive, Giacomo Casanova tore a swathe across the courts and capitals of 18th-century Europe in an insatiable quest for fame and fortune. In the popular imagination, he is a quintessential seducer. As editor and introducer Frances Wilson points out, at heart he ‘saw life as a comic performance in which he played the lead role’. Armed with only a Bible, a rope of knotted blankets and a dish of macaroni, he escaped the clutches of the Venetian inquisition – the only man to do so.

Histoire de ma vie (History of My Life) is both the memoir and autobiography of Giacomo Casanova, a famous 18th-century Italian adventurer. A previous, bowdlerized version was originally known in English as The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova (from the French Mémoires de Jacques Casanova) until the original version was published between 1960 and 1962. The unexpurgated English translation was published in 1971.

From 1838 to 1960, all the editions of the memoirs were derived from the censored editions produced in German and French in the early nineteenth century. Arthur Machen used one of these inaccurate versions for his English translation published in 1894 which remained the standard English edition for many years.

Although Casanova was Venetian (born 2 April 1725, in Venice, died 4 June 1798, in Dux, Bohemia, now Duchcov, Czech Republic), the book is written in French, which was the dominant language in the upper class at the time. The book covers Casanova’s life only through 1774, although the full title of the book is Histoire de ma vie jusqu’à l’an 1797 (History of my Life until the year 1797).

On 18 February 2010, the National Library of France purchased the 3,700-page manuscript of Histoire de ma vie for approximately €7 million (£5,750,000). The manuscript is believed to have been given to Casanova’s nephew, Carlo Angiolini, in 1798. The manuscript is believed to contain pages not previously read or published. Following this acquisition, a new edition of the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, based on the manuscript, was published from 2013 to 2015.

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (2 April 1725 – 4 June 1798) was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), is regarded as one of the most authentic and provocative sources of information about the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century.

Casanova was known to use pseudonyms, such as baron or count of Farussi (the maiden name of his mother) or Chevalier de Seingalt (French pronunciation: [sɛ̃ɡɑl]). After he began writing in French, following his second exile from Venice, he often signed his works as “Jacques Casanova de Seingalt”. He claims to have mingled with European royalty, popes, and cardinals, along with the artistic figures Voltaire, Goethe, and Mozart.

He has become so famous for his often complicated and elaborate affairs with women, that his name is now synonymous with “libertine”. His final years were spent in Dux Chateau (Bohemia) as a librarian in Count Waldstein’s household, where he also wrote his autobiography.

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