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Histoire Philosophique et Politique

Des Etablissements & du Commerce des Europeens dans les deux Indes.

Volumes II - V

By Abbe Raynal

1775 - A Maestricht - Jean-Edme Dufour

8" by 5", x, 316; xii, 440; xi, 296; viii, 301pp plus maps

 

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A scarce 1775 edition of Raynal's famous Histoire Philosophique et Politique.

Bound in leather with gilt lettering and decoration.

Scarce.

Volumes II - IV of VII.

With Four Maps.

With Sir Thomas Neave's armorial nameplate on the front pastedowns.

Guillaume Thomas Franois Raynal, 1711 1796, was a French writer and man of letters during the Age of Enlightenment. He was educated at the Jesuit school of Pzenas, and received priest's orders, but he was dismissed for unexplained reasons from the parish of Saint-Sulpice, Paris, to which he was attached, and thenceforward he devoted himself to society and literature. The Abb Raynal wrote for the Mercure de France, and compiled a series of popular works, which he published and sold himself. These gained him access to the salons of Mme. Geoffrin, Helvtius, and the Baron d'Holbach.

Raynal had the assistance of various members of the philosophe cteries in his most important work, L'Histoire philosophique et politique des tablissements et du commerce des Europens dans les deux Indes, originally published in four volumes in 1770. Diderot is credited with a third of this work, and the other chief collaborators were Pechmja, Holbach, Paulze, the farmer-general of taxes, the Abb Martin, and Alexandre Deleyre. The "philosophic" declamations perhaps constituted its chief interest for the general public, and its significance as a contribution to democratic propaganda. The Histoire went through many editions, being revised and augmented from time to time by Raynal; it was translated into the principal European languages, and appeared in various abridgments. Its introduction into France was forbidden in 1779; the book was burned by the public executioner, and an order was given for the arrest of the author, whose name had not appeared in the first edition, but was printed on the title page of the Geneva edition of 1780. Raynal escaped to Spa, and thence to Berlin.

Denis Diderot, 1713 1784, was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. He was a prominent figure during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as chief editor of and contributor to the creation of the Encyclopdie. Diderot also contributed to literature, and Diderot is also known as the author of the dialogue, Le Neveu de Rameau, upon which many articles and sermons about consumer desire have been based. His articles included many topics of the Enlightenment.

CONDITION

The bindings are tight and firm. There is mild wear to the extremities, including mild bumping and rubbing. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with some very slight browning and the occasional spot. Overall the condition is very good.

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