“Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies":; First Portuguese edition of Voltaire's Tragedies: Sofonisba, Mariamne, and Orestes
Sofonisba, Mariamne, Orestes: Tragedia de Mr. de Voltaire: Traduzida Em Portuguez.
Voltaire (Arouet, François-Marie).$750.00
Item Number: 88112
Lisboa: Na Officina de Simao Thaddeo Ferreira, 1790.
First Portuguese edition of Voltaire’s three tragedies translated into Portuguese. Octavo, bound in full period calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red spine label, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. A nice example.
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.