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DIDEROT, Denis.

Œuvres philosophiques et dramatiques.

Amsterdam: [n.p.,] 1772 Stock Code: 128660
£1,500.00
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Published in the final year of the Encyclopédie

First edition of Diderot's collected philosophical and theatrical works. It is rare to find a complete set as each volume has both a collective title page and its own, and could have been sold separately.

There were two editions of published in Amsterdam that year, the other being the octavo-format edition of Marc Michel Rey, though the present edition is generally accepted to have priority.

Printed in the year of the Encyclopédie's long-awaited publication, this includes Diderot's writings on mathematics, letters on the deaf and mute, and the blind, his thoughts on beauty, nature, and Chinese philosophy, and two plays.

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Description

6 volumes, duodecimo (191 x 92 mm). Contemporary mottled sheep, recent red morocco labels, spines tooled in gilt, blue marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

20 engraved plates (including frontispiece), of which 7 folding, typographic decorations.

Condition

Light worming to spines, chips to a couple of spine ends (more substantial at head of spine of vol. 2), a couple of patches of rubbing to covers, joints intact though endpapers splitting at hinges, some rubbing and insect damage to endpapers, some toning and occasional faint foxing to pages. An attractive set with all half-titles.

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