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Superstitions anciennes et modernes: prejugés vulgaires qui ont induit les peuples à des usages & à des pratiques contraires à la religion. Avec des figures qui représentent ces pratiques.
A Amsterdam chez Jean Frederic Bernard, 1733--6.
2 vols ; 45.5 cm. (2°)
I: [6], XVI, [2], 114, [6], 117--264, 72 p., [12] pl.
II: [8], 133, [1], 326, [16] p., [1] pl.

Reprints Jean Baptiste Thiers' Traité des superstitions, first published in Paris in 1679; and Pierre Le Brun's Histoire critique des pratiques superstitieuses, Paris, 1702. In addition, nineteen relatively brief dissertations by various authors are included in vol. II. Brunet treats this work as a supplement to Bernard's larger compilation, Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses, 1723--43 (q.v.), and it was bound as such by owners of both the Soane and Grenville copies (for the latter, see British Library G.12123). Bibliographically however they are quite distinct, and Bernard seems nowhere to refer to the Cérémonies in the present work, or vice versa. Brunet also notes a 'belle planche qui représente le tableau abrégé de toutes les religions du monde, gravée par B. Picart', published some time after the text (and therefore after Picart's death), which he claims was intended as a frontispiece to vol. I of the Superstitions, adding 'elle manque souvent, mais on a pu se la procurer séparément'. This is not present in the Soane copy.

Copy Notes The 'Avertissement Du Libraire' and 'Table' in vol. II (pp. [v--viii]) misbound after p. 133 (first sequence). Engraved armorial bookplate of John Towneley (1697--1782). Included as part of the Cérémonies in the sale catalogue of the Towneley collection, Bibliotheca Towneleiana, pt 1, June 1814 (lot 430); it is not known whether the set was purchased by Soane on that occasion or later. Both volumes inscribed in pencil on front free-endpaper Q.2-.

Binding C18th red morocco, gilt-tooled borders and spine, with orange morocco spine-labels numbered 'Tom. X (-XI)', blue moiré silk endpapers and ribbon markers. The binding is (like 'Tom. VIII--IX') a later imitation of the earlier volumes of Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses, 1723--43 (q.v.).

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