Paris; Fournier Frères / Paris; Pissot, 1769; 1810. Item #32072
Contemporary morocco. 12mo. XXIV, 213 pages. IV, 136; 17 cm. In French. De la religion des Brahmines, first French edition. Apologie Du Spinosa, second printing. A travelogue on the mores, customs, language, religion, and philosophy of Hinduism, contains two folded engraved tables; French translation from ‘On the Origin and Nature of Despotism in Hindostan’ by Alexander Dow. The translator, Claude Francois Bergier (1721-1784) , was a French Jurist, writer, and English translator (including Ferguson’s ‘Essay on Civil Society’) . “An Apology for Spinoza and Spinozism”, contains ‘Lettre à M. Helvetius’ dated ‘15 juillet 1766’: pages -136 (Letter to Helvetius in the 1810 edition, absent from the 122 page Altona 1805 edition) . Bound in contemporary morocco, with gilt tooled edges and spine, decorative endpages. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. India - History. Mogul Empire. OCLC lists 17 copies of Apologie Du Spinosa; 8 copies of De la religion des Brahmines, which sold for ove USD 6700 alone at auction in 2011. Light rubbing to extremities of morocco, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-6).