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MARÉCHAL, Pierre Sylvain (1750--1803)
Voyages de Pythagore en Égypte, dans la Chaldée dans l'Inde, en Crète, a Sparte, en Sicile, a Rome, a Carthage, a Marseille et dans les Gaules; suivis de ses lois politiques et morales. Tome premier (- sixième.).
A Paris chez Deterville, libraire, an septième [1799].
6 vols ; 20.8 cm. (8º)
I: [2], xxiv, 456 p., engr. frontis., [1] fold. map
II: [2], 471, [1] p., engr. frontis.
III: [2], 448 p., engr. frontis.
IV: [2], 464 p., engr. frontis.
V: [2], 455, [1] p., engr. frontis.
VI: [2], 489, [5] p., engr. frontis.

Maréchal, a librarian at the Bibliothèque Mazarin, was a follower of Rousseau and a proponent of atheism (self-styled as 'l'homme sans dieu' whose initials 'HSD' he displayed within a masonic triangle), whose Almanach des honnêtes gens (1788) replacing the names of saints with those of celebrated men was a precursor of the Revolutionary calendar. In 1790 he became editor of the anti-clerical journal Révolutions de Paris. His account of the voyages of Pythagoras, inspired on the one hand by the Voyage du jeune Anacharsis en Grèce '... si ingénieusement supposé par l'abbé Barthelemy' (1788, q.v.) celebrates Pythagoras as the father of the revolutionary spirit and the inspiration for the geometrical simplicity of new secular orders in architecture and society. The large folding map in vol. I is engraved by Charles Picquet after E. Mentelle; the frontispiece engravings are by Jean Dambrun, L.M. Halbou and Lebeau after Monet and Maréchal. The frontispiece in vol. IV shows four ancient medallions of Pythagoras. Four pages of publisher's advertisements at the end of vol. VI.

Copy Notes Bought from J. Cumming for £2 2s., 19 May 1802. (Spiers Box. Miscellaneous Booksellers). The front endpapers of vol. I with Cumming's price in pencil 6 tom 2/2- and an earlier price 6v £3.13.6.

Binding Early C19th marbled calf, gilt-tooled borders and spines, black morocco spine-labels, marbled edges and endpapers (French printer's waste).

Reference Number 3780


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