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FONTENELLE, Bernard Le Bovier de (1657--1757)
[Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes. English. 1760]
Conversations on the plurality of worlds. By M. de Fontenelle. A new translation from the last edition of the French. With great additions, extracted from the best modern authors on many curious and entertaining subjects. Adorned with copper-plates, containing a great variety of figures for illustrating the additions: also, an explanation of the terms of art used in the work, in alphabetical order, &c, by a gentleman of the Inner-Temple.
London: printed for R. Withy; H. Woodgate and S. Brookes; and J. Cook, 1760.
lxiv, 401, [3] p., [4] fold. pl. ; 20.2 cm. (8º)

Translation of Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes, which was first published in 1686 (1762 ed., q.v.). The form of the work (a dialogue between a scientist and a learned woman) tacitly promoted the view that a woman was the intellectual equal of a man. This was a source of continued controversy, and the book has always been associated with the education of women. Pages xxxv, xlvii, 34, 267, 289--304, 346 misnumbered xvii, xlvi, 20, 297, 293--308, 303. ESTC t139459.

Binding C18th calf, red morocco spine-label, marbled endpapers.

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