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RIVAROL, Antoine (1753--1801)
De l'universalité de la langue française. Sujet proposé par l'Académie de Berlin en 1783. Par A.C. de Rivarol.
A Hambourg chez P.F. Fauche et Comp., imprimeurs-libraires, 1797.
62, [2] p. ; 22.9 cm. (4º)

Rivarol's treatise on the universality of the French language was first published in 1784 and met with a favourable reception, with a second edition being published in the following year. Rivarol, a royalist, left France in 1792, at first for Brussels and later London and Hamburg, where he began work on a project for a new French dictionary. This new, corrected edition of his treatise was issued in 1797 with part 1 of the Discours préliminaire du nouveau dictionnaire de la langue française (q.v.) as an inducement to subscribers to the proposed dictionary, but the project failed and Rivarol died in Berlin in 1801.

Copy Notes Bound as issued with the copy of the Discours préliminaire du nouveau dictionnaire de la langue française. ... Première partie, 1797 (q.v.). Possibly the copy of 'Rivarol sur la langue française' forming part of lot 77 at Christie's sale, 23 March 1813 (q.v.) with The works of Edmund Waller, 1729 (q.v.).

Binding C18th half sprinkled calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine with pentaglyph and metope motif, red spine-label.

Reference Number 404


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