THE JEWISH SPY: BEING A PHILOSOPHICAL, HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL CORRESPONDENCE, BY LETTERS WITCH LATELY PASS'D BETWEEN CERTAIN JEWS IN TUKEY, ITALY, FRANCE & C. TRANSL. FROM THE ORIG. INTO FRENCH, BY THE MARQUIS D'ARGENS, AND NOW DONE INTO ENGLISH

Argens, Jean-Baptiste De Boyer, Marquis D'

Published by London; Printed For D. Browne And R. Hett, 1739
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Later half calf and marbled boards. 16mo. Xii, 303, [45] pages. 17 cm. First English edition. Translated from the original into French, by the Marquis d'Argens; and now done into English. A translation of the first 40 letters only of Lettres juives. "The original ‘Lettres juives, ou correspondence philosophique, historique et critique ’ began publication as a series of weekly pamphlets as early as March or April, 1736. By 1737, a year after they were printed at the Hague in book form, they were well known throughout France. The first English edition, entitled The Jewish Spy, appeared in London in 1739 (first forty letters only) – followed by four more volumes in 1740. The second edition, in five volumes, appeared in 1744. Matters relating to Jews and Judaism occupy only a small portion of The Jewish Spy, but they engaged some sixteen letters completely [letters 1, 23, 36, etc. ], and references are scattered through no less than seventy others. D’Argens, though frequently salting his letters with earthy and ribald humor – often anti-clerical, rarely descends to jesting about Jews. Transparently, the author is no Judaeophile. He offers many harsh chastisements of both Faith and People. Just as he uses Judaism as a constant foil against the weaknesses of Christianity, he exalts Karaism time and again to the detraction of Rabbinism or traditional Judaism. undoubtedly he helped create the new atmosphere that made Emancipation possible by the end of the century. " (Stanley Brav, ‘Jews and Judaism in the Jewish Spy’; Studies in Bibliography and Booklore, volume 4, June 1960) . Later fine binding, half calf, raised bands outlined in gilt, title in gilt on spine, marbled boards. Subjects: Jews - Europe. Lettres juives. English. Selections. French Enlightenment. Books published before 1800. OCLC lists 29 copies. Light soiling to corner on title page, otherwise very clean and fresh. Great condition. (SPEC-36-54). Bookseller Inventory # 32142

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Title: THE JEWISH SPY: BEING A PHILOSOPHICAL, ...

Publisher: London; Printed For D. Browne And R. Hett

Publication Date: 1739

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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