Finely Bound example of the works of Voltaire's Histoire de Charles XII, King of Sweden
Histoire de Charles XII, Roi de Suede.
Voltaire (Arouet, François-Marie).
Item Number: 81187
London: T. Smollett, 1740.
Finely bound example of Voltaire’s biography of King Charles XII, King of Sweden. Octavo, bound in contemporary full calf, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, red spine label, marbled endpapers. In very good condition.
One of the most influential thinkers of the French Enlightenment, François-Marie Arouet, know by the nom de plum Voltaire, was a resourceful and prolific writer. His works touched nearly every literary form including plays, poems, novels, theoretical essays, and scientific treatises. A forthright and candid advocate of civil liberties, he frequently criticized the institutions of religious dogma and classism prevalent in 18th century France, often doing so through satire to avoid censorship and imprisonment.