Voltaire's Vie de Moliere; finely bound
Vie de Moliere.
Voltaire (Arouet, François-Marie).$350.00
Item Number: 95126
Lausanne: Chez Francois Grasset & Comp, 1772.
Early edition of Voltaire’s biography of one of the most influential and widely translated writers of all time. Octavo, bound in full sprinkled sheepskin. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, pictorial endpapers, all edges red, ribbon bound in. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. Tasteful period bookplate.
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.
Other Books by this Author
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities": Finely bound set of Voltaire's Complete Works in 97 volumes
Oeuvres Completes De Voltaire avec des Remarques et des Notes Historiques, Scientifiques, et Literaires Par Mm. Auguis, Clogenson, Daunou, Etc. [The Works of Voltaire].
Paris: Deslangle Frères, 1828-34.
Finely bound set of the complete works of Voltaire with historic, scientific and literary notes. Octavo, 97 volumes, text in French. Bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in five compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, frontispieces with tissues guards and half-titles as issued. In very good condition. A complete set, covering the broad scope of the versatile and prolific writer.
London: The Nonesuch Press, 1927.
First Nonesuch Press edition of Voltaire’s fine romance. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece and device to the title page, illustrated. In near fine condition.
London: Printed for Thomas Brown, 1765.
First edition in English of Voltaire’s Pocket Dictionary of Philosophy. Octavo, full period calf, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, gilt ruled, marbled endpapers, all edges red. In good condition.
London: J. Nourse, 1756.
Early printing of Voltaire’s history of the War of 1741. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label. In very good condition.
"No character in the literary world is so universally known": Finely Bound example of the Life of Voltaire
Historical Memoirs Of The Author Of The Henriade. With Some Original Pieces. To Which are Added, Genuine Letters Of Mr. De Voltaire. Taken from His Own Minutes.
London: Printed for T. Durham, 1777.
Finely bound example documenting the life of one of the most important minds of the French Enlightenment taken from his own minutes and including the first appearance of many of his letters and original pieces. Translated from the French and published one year before the death of Voltaire. Ocatvo, original period full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panel, spine gilt with triple bands and floral inlays, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Period bookplates to the pastedown and front free endpaper. A nice example.
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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.
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