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[VOLTAIRE.] Le Siecle de Louis XIV.
Berlin : 1751First edition, with a fine Bloomsbury Group provenance, presented by Lytton Strachey to Frances Marshall later Frances Partridge upon marriage, with a notation of the presentation in the latter's hand "Frances Marshall from Lytton 1931" in pencil on the front free endpaper. At the time of the presentation, Frances was the lover of Ralph Partridge,... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 131267
VOLTAIRE - DUPLESSIS, Alexandre. Le Triomphe de Voltaire.
[1778-9]An allegorical engraving from the oil painting of the same name (1774-5) by Duplessis.
"The French philosopher, playwright, and satirist Voltaire frequently deployed allegories touching on antiquity in his writings. In this epic print, Melpomene, Muse of tragedy, leads Voltaire to Apollo to receive the crown of immortality, while his detractors... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 118024
VOLTAIRE. A Treatise on Toleration;
London : 1779Later English-language editions of two of Voltaire's best known works, with the latter book including his commentary on Beccaria's Treatise on Crimes and Punishments. The Treatise on Toleration was first published in English in 1764, The Ignorant Philosopher and the Commentary on Beccaria in 1767. David Williams (1738-1816) translated various works... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 124071
VOLTAIRE. Micromegas: a Comic Romance.
London : 1753First edition in English of Voltaire's Micromegas, a significant work of proto-science fiction, detailing the visit of giants from Saturn and Sirius to earth, and their derision at mankind's wars, religions, and pretensions. The novella was first published in French the previous year, and is probably the first instance of aliens visiting Earth... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139036
LINGUET, Simon Nicolas Henri. Die Kakomonade, ein Nachlass vom Doktor Panglos, als ein Supplement des Kandide,von Linguet.
Berlin : 1786First edition in German of Linguet's treatise on syphilis, first printed in French in 1766 as La Cacomonade. Linguet chose as his pseudonym Pangloss, the optimistic teacher in Voltaire's Candide who is blighted by syphilis. Linguet presents the book as a supplement to Voltaire's work, although this German edition identifies him as the author. Linguet's... Learn More£725.00
Stock Code: 124540
SCHMID, Georg Ludwig. Principes de la Législation Universelle.
Amsterdam : 1776First edition of Schmid's magnum opus. A councillor of the Saxe-Weimar ducal court, Schmid (1720-1805) was in contact with many of the leading philosophes, including Voltaire, Diderot and d'Alembert. His economic writings were heavily influenced by physiocratic ideas, promoting agriculture as the basis of the nation's wealth and criticising luxury. Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 127435
STRACHEY, Lytton. Books & Characters.
London : 1922First edition, first impression of Strachey's fourth book. Contains papers on various literary figures, including Thomas Browne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Mariet Arouet de Voltaire, of which all but 'A Dialogue' had previously appeared in different periodicals. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 91844
VOLTAIRE; KENT, Rockwell (illus.) Candide.
New York : 1928Signed limited edition, number 323 of 1,470 copies signed by the artist. Candide is recognised as Voltaire's magnum opus and is often listed as part of the Western canon; the "flawless" format of this edition paired with Kent's acclaimed illustrations "brought instant recognition as a masterpiece" (Johnson). This copy is in the dust jacket,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 113379
BARBIER, George (illus.) Livre de Madame.
Paris : 1918First edition, first printing, of this rare lady's almanac, issued for the first American department store: Wanamaker's, and illustrated by George Barbier (1882-1932), a painter and artist who produced many illustrations for fashion and theatre costumes and set. Uncommon, the only copy listed institutionally is located by World Cat at the Morgan Library... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141690
BUTLER, Samuel. Hudibras, A Poem.
London : 1819First edition thus with Clarke's illustrations, and the extra matter gathered together from Grey, Hume, Smollett, Fox and others, handsomely bound. Samuel Butler's Hudibras is a satiric poem on the English Civil War, written in Chaucerian couplets and published 1663-78. Voltaire, who translated a condensed version of Hudibras into French, noted that... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140367
GALLIEN DE SALMORENC, Timoléon Alphonse. La rhétorique d'un homme d'esprit, à l'usage de tout le monde.
Leiden : 1772First edition of Gallien de Salmorenc's treatise on rhetoric, with a curious Leiden imprint, published by "Jacques Murray".
Born around 1740 in Salmorenc, near Grenoble, possibly the bastard son of Richelieu, who was reputedly responsible for his education, Gallien was employed in 1766 by Voltaire as a copyist. Neglecting his duties and spending... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 133667
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Queen Mab, A Philosophical Poem, with Notes.
London : 1813First edition, an "unmutilated" copy, with title page and final leaf intact, and including the poetic dedication to Harriet.
Queen Mab was Shelley's most provocative poem and a key radical text in the early years of the 19th century. The entire edition was 250 copies, published by Thomas Hookman for private distribution by Shelley himself.... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 143222
[GALIANI, Ferdinando.] Dialogues sur le Commerce des Bleds.
London [i.e. Paris?], : 1770First edition of the work that established Galiani's reputation as an economist, a bold attack on the physiocrats and a virulent critique of the royal edict of 1764 liberalising the trade in grain. Galiani was secretary of the Neapolitan embassy in Paris, and was well connected with the leading enlightenment figures of the day. He left the manuscript... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 127440
SKARBEK, Frédéric. Théorie des richesses sociales.
Paris : 1829First edition of Skarbek's most substantial contribution to economic theory, which influenced Karl Marx's theory of labour. A reworking of the author's Gospodarstwo narodowe... first published in Warsaw (1820-21), it is divided into two parts, the first discussing production, exchange, revenue and consumption; the second a general examination... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141057
WILLIAMS, John. The Rise, Progress and Present State of the Northern Governments;
London : 1777First edition of a lengthy survey of the northern countries of Europe. The author acknowledges the assistance he received from various heads of state and dignitaries, not only through conversation, but from access to their libraries and public records.
"Williams, deriding Voltaire for describing a country he had never visited, seems to have been... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 132188
HERDER, Johann Gottfried. Verstand und Erfahrung [- Vernunft und Sprache].
Leipzig : 1799First edition of Herder's attack on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Herder's attack on his former tutor and the near-undisputed king of German philosophy, led to outrage among his contemporaries; Goethe is reported to have said that had he known Herder was writing the book, he would have begged him to suppress it. The work represents Kant's Critique... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 138484
BYNG, John, naval officer. The Trial of Vice-Admiral Byng,
London : 1757First editions. The trial and execution of Rear-Admiral John Byng (1704-1757) was one of the great cause célèbres of the mid-18th century. "After his failure to relieve Minorca from the French (1756), he was court-martialled and shot on the quarter-deck of his own flagship, the Monarch for lack of resolution. This face-saving act by the government... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 113497
(SOBIESKI.) COYER, l'Abbé Gabriel-François. The History of John Sobieski, King of Poland. Translated from the French of M. L'abbé Coyer.
London : 1762First edition in English of the Abbé Coyer's biography of the great Polish hero Jan Sobieski (1629-1696), from 1674 king of Poland, renowned for his defeat of the Turks at the gates of Vienna in 1683. It was originally published in 1761 as Histoire de Jan Sobieski, Roi de Pologne and used verbatim by the assiduous Encyclopédiste Louis de Jaucort for... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139829
HELVÉTIUS, Claude-Adrien. De l'Esprit.
Paris : 1758Rare first edition, printing B, of the controversial French Enlightenment philosopher's most radical work, "On the Mind", with annotations transcribed from those made by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his own personal copy, thus foregrounding the importance of Helvétius and Rousseau's dialogue to contemporary and subsequent readings of De l'Esprit.
In... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 117797
BACON, Francis. [Novum Organum sive indicia vera de interpretatione naturae.] Instauratio Magna.
London : 1620First edition of this "monumental work on the philosophy of science, on the systematic organization of knowledge, and on the inductive method" (Grolier/Horblit). Bacon's Novum Organum (a "new instrument" to replace the old Organon of Aristotle) had a revolutionary impact on early modern science by laying the foundation of the inductive method.
"Bacon's... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 138351
DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste. A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, Together with the Kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet:
London : 1738-41Second and most complete English edition of Du Halde's encyclopaedic survey, "the first definitive European work on the Chinese empire" (Hill) and a cornerstone of any collection of books on China. It was first published in French in 1735; the first English edition published the following year contained just 19 plates and 4 maps.
Du Halde (1674-1743)... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 143967
OPIUM FANTASY - [LIGNE, Charles-Joseph de?] Voyage à Visbecq.
[Brussells? : ca.1794]Original manuscript of an extraordinary dreamlike fantasy which describes an opium-induced journey to the centre of the earth. The existence of the novel remained unknown for more than 200 years until it was discovered in a Parisian bookshop and published in 2007 with a long essay by Éric Lysøe (see below).
The text is written in the first... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 139702