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La défense de mon oncle. 1767, [With]: VOLTAIRE. Contes du Guillaume Vadé, edition augmentée par l'auteur d'un supplément au discours aux Welches. A Geneve,

VOLTAIRE  (1765.)

£400.00 

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2 works in one. 8vo. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards (slight damage to head and foot of spine).

I) First edition, written by Voltaire in reply to Larcher's critical attack in Supplément à la philosophie de l'histoire . . . ". Grimm said of this work: "Il est impossible de rien lire de plus gai, de plus fou, de plus sage, de plus érudit, de plus philosophique, de plus puissant que cette "Défense" . . . " Besterman calls this work witty and mordant and one of the most widely read of Voltaire's polemics. He believes that this could be the first edition, as well as the edition cited by Bengesco without place and date (Bengesco 1743). See: Studies on Voltaire, (Ed. Besterman), vol. CXI, no. 301.II) Voltaire's popular collection of stories, first published in 1764. Studies on Voltaire, (Ed. Besterman), vol. CXI, no, 184.

Stock Code: 45447