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PERREAU, Jean André.

Mizrim, ou le Sage a la Cour, Histoire Egyptienne.

Neuchatel: De l'imprimerie de la Société Typographique, 1782 Stock Code: 127809
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Contemporary marbled calf

First edition of Perreau's fable, accounting for the life of Mizrim, a wise man in the service of the Egyptian pharaoh Ozymandias, who serves as a minister of the realm and is entrusted with the education of the pharaoh's son. Perreau (1749-1813), a physiocrat and protégé of Mirabeau, uses the tale as a discourse on good kingship and just politics.

The work is bound after Opuscules d'un Free-thinker, published anonymously without an imprint in 1782. The work comprises a collection of short essays, on the subjects of the family, education, suicide and pederasty.

Both works are notably absent from British institutional holdings. There are no copies of this first edition of Mizrim, although the 1789 edition is represented in 11 institutions. The Opuscules d'un Free-Thinker is known only in a copy in Leeds University, with another seven copies on the continent and one in Stanford.

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2 works in 1 volume (see below), octavo (193 x 122 mm). Contemporary marbled calf, brown morocco label to spine, gilt floral tools to compartments, triple gilt fillet to covers, marbled endpapers and edges.


Contemporary ownership signature to second title page, manuscript contents page to front endpaper. Minor rubbing to spine ends, else an excellent copy, contents bright and clean.


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