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COURT DE GÉBELIN, Antoine (1725--1784)
Monde primitif, analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne, considéré dans son génie allégorique et dans les allégories auxquelles conduisit ce génie; précédé du plan général des diverses parties qui composeront ce Monde primitif: avec des figures en taille-douce. Par M. Court de Gébelin, ... Nouvelle édition.
A Paris chez l'auteur. Boudet, imprimeur-libraire. Valleyre l'aíné, imprimeur-libraire. Veuve Duchesne, libraire. Saugrain, libraire. Ruault, libraire, 1777.
1 vol [ex 9?] : [2], 108, viii, 278, [2], vi, [2], 175, [1] p., engr. frontis., II pl. : illus. ; 25.3 cm. (4º)

It is not clear whether the present volume is an odd volume from a set of the complete work, the first edition of which was published in 1773--82 in nine volumes, or a separate reprint of volume I only as suggested by David Watkin, Sir John Soane: Enlightenment thought and the Royal Academy Lectures (Cambridge 1996), p. 278 n.107. This sprawling, unfinished work by the French Freemason and philologist Court de Gébelin offered among other things a theory of allegory, a history of the calendar, a comparative grammar, and a universal theory of languages. The volume was originally issued in three parts; part 2, 'Allégories Orientales, Pour servir à l'intelligence du Génie Symbolique De L'Antiquité, ...' has a separate title-page with imprint as above, and part 3, 'Du Génie Allégorique Et Symbolique De L'Antiquité' has a separate half-title. The frontispiece, dated 1773, is engraved by Antoine-Louis Romanet (1748-1807) after designs by Clément-Pierre Marillier (1740-1808), who also designed the etched headpieces.

Copy Notes Bought at the sale of the late architect and antiquary James Cavanah Murphy (1716--1814) for 1 guinea on 18 December 1814 with other books and prints to the value of £27, paid by draft dated 19 December. (Spiers Box, Miscellaneous booksellers).

Binding C19th half russia, blind-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine.

Reference Number 356


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