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Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais

Produced by Sue Asscher and David Widger

MASTER FRANCIS RABELAIS

FIVE BOOKS OF THE LIVES, HEROIC DEEDS AND SAYINGS OF

GARGANTUA AND HIS SON PANTAGRUEL

Translated into English by

Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty

and

Peter Antony Motteux

The text of the first Two Books of Rabelais has been reprinted from the first edition (1653) of Urquhart's translation. Footnotes initialled 'M.' are drawn from the Maitland Club edition (1838); other footnotes are by the translator. Urquhart's translation of Book III. appeared posthumously in 1693, with a new edition of Books I. and II., under Motteux's editorship. Motteux's rendering of Books IV. and V. followed in 1708. Occasionally (as the footnotes indicate) passages omitted by Motteux have been restored from the 1738 copy edited by Ozell.

CONTENTS.

Introduction

THE FIRST BOOK.

J. De la Salle, to the Honoured, Noble Translator of Rabelais.

Rablophila

The Author's Prologue to the First Book

Rabelais to the Reader

Chapter 1.I.--Of the Genealogy and Antiquity of Gargantua

Chapter 1.II.--The Antidoted Fanfreluches: or, a Galimatia of extravagant Conceits found in an ancient Monument

Chapter 1.III.--How Gargantua was carried eleven months in his mother's belly

Chapter 1.IV.--How Gargamelle, being great with Gargantua, did eat a huge deal of tripes

Chapter 1.V.--The Discourse of the Drinkers

Chapter 1.VI.--How Gargantua was born in a strange manner

Chapter 1.VII.--After what manner Gargantua had his name given him, and how he tippled, bibbed, and curried the can

Chapter 1.VIII.--How they apparelled Gargantua

Chapter 1.IX.--The colours and liveries of Gargantua

Chapter 1.X.--Of that which is signified by the colours white and blue

Chapter 1.XI.--Of the youthful age of Gargantua

Chapter 1.XII.--Of Gargantua's wooden horses

Chapter 1.XIII.--How Gargantua's wonderful understanding became known to his father Grangousier, by the invention of a torchecul or wipebreech


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