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HOLBACH, Paul Henri Thiry, baron d'; Abraham Gaultier.

Pieces Philosophiques.

Contenant: 1. Parité de la Vie & de la Mort; 2. Dialogues sur l'Ame; 3. J. Brunus redivivus, ou Traité des erreurs populaires.

[Amsterdam?: no publisher,] 1771 Stock Code: 128984
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First collected edition of these three materialist texts. The first, Parite de la Vie & de la Mort by Abraham Gaultier, was first published in 1714, this being the second edition. Gaultier, like Bernard Mandeville and La Mettrie, was a physician turned philosopher; in the present treatise he offers an entirely materialist vision of the body and soul, so intertwined that they cannot be distinguished. The second and third texts are both generally attributed to Baron d'Holbach and are both here published for the first time. Offering materialist views of the souls and the universe, the author argues for the eternity of matter, the absence of innate ideas, and no objective good or evil. The radical nature of these texts led to d'Holbach and his publisher concealing their identities.

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3 works in 1 volume as issued, duodecimo (156 x 95 mm). Contemporary mottled sheep, tan calf label.


Third part bound with divisional half-title but without divisional title page; other half-titles also present where issued. Library plate to pastedown. Light scuffing to spine and extremities, yet still an excellent copy, joints and hinges intact, contents clean and bright.


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