Monde primitif, analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne; considéré ...

Monde primitif, analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne; considéré dans son génie allégorique et dans les allégories auxquelles conduisit ce génie; précédé du plan general des diverses parties qui composeront ce monde primitif.

Court De Gebelin, Antoine

Published by chez l'auteur, [et al.], Paris, 1773
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First editions of all 9 volumes, 4to, 5 engraved frontispieces, 2 engraved folding maps, 45 engraved plates (18 folding), engraved head-pieces, woodcut ornaments; contemporary full calf, black morocco labels on gilt-decorated spines; some careful and minor restoration to the bindings, discreet library stamps in lower margins of title pages, else generally a very good, sound set. Subscribers' lists present in volumes I, IV, V, VII, and VIII, lacking that in volume III; subscribers' list for volume II and III misbound at the back of volume I; lacking the Lettre à l'auteur anonyme de deux prétendus extraits (June, 1775) at the back of volume III which apparently is not in all copies. Among the subscribers are the Americans Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Benjamin Rush. The work "proposed to set in a new light the phenomena, especially the languages and mythologies, of the ancient world," and in it the author made interesting researches into etymology. Anticipating both Henshall and von Humboldt, he speculated that in all languages there is a resemblance in sound and an affinity of ideas. Volume I outlines the general plan of the work; vol. II is devoted to l'histoire naturelle de la parole ou grammaire universelle; vol. III: l'histoire naturelle de la parole ou origine du langage et de l'Écriture; vol. IV: l'histoire civile, religieuse et allégorique du calendrier ou almanach; vol. V: les origines francoises ou dictionnaire Étymologique de la langue francoise; vol. VI and vol. VII: les origines latines ou dictionnaire etymologique de la langue latine; vol. VIII: divers objets concernant l'histoire, le blason, les monnoies, les jeux, les voyages de Phéniciens autour du monde, les langues américaines our dissertations mÍlées remplis de découvertes intéressantes; and vol. IX: considéré dans les origines grecques ou dictionnaire Étymologique de la langue grecque précedé de recherches et de nouvelles vues sur l'origine des grecs et de leur langue. In 1776 he collaborated with Franklin and others in the periodical work "Affaires de l'Angleterre et l'Amerique" which was devoted to the support of American independence (see Ency. Brit., 11th ed.). Bookseller Inventory # 26458

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Title: Monde primitif, analysé et comparé avec le ...

Publisher: chez l'auteur, [et al.], Paris

Publication Date: 1773

Binding: Hardcover

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