Die Kakomonade, ein Nachlass vom Doktor Panglos, als ein Supplement des Kandide,von Linguet.
Nach der zweiten vermehrten Ausgabe übersetzt.Berlin: [no publisher,] 1786 Stock Code: 124540
First 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 choice of pseudonym is an interesting attribution, and was probably an attempt to capitalize on the success of Candide, which had proved highly popular, undergoing seventeen editions in its publication year of 1759 alone. Linguet's treatise on syphilis traces the origins of the disease (as with Voltaire tracing it to the sailors of Columbus), and proposes measures to stem its spread.
Linguet (1736-1794) was a respected lawyer, indeed perhaps the most renowned lawyer in France in the 1760s and 1770s, but was fond of being a controversialist, with his wide-ranging polemics on history, politics, and law garnering him many enemies. He eventually ended up under the guillotine's knife as a reactionary, but was re-appraised by Marx and other 19th-century socialists due to his critiques of free wage labour as disguised servitude.
Octavo (163 x 103 mm). Early 19th-century specked paper-covered boards, orange and brown labels.
Scuffed, light wear at head of spine and head of front joint, a few minor instances of soiling to contents. A very good copy.
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