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De la sagesse.

Charron, Pierre.

Published by Jean-Fran?ois Bastien, Paris, 1783
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Later printing of Charron's final work, a philosophical treatise which was first published in 1601 and which was strongly connected to Montaigne's essays. Although the author was a Catholic priest widely acclaimed for skillful preaching, he and La Sagesse came under bitter attack by the clergy when the work first appeared, on the grounds of its promoting skepticism and free thinking. => This particular copy seems to have incurred someone's personal wrath, as the plate illustrating the allegory of Wisdom has had its central (nude) female figure excised. The much more staid frontispiece portrait of the author, done by Pruneau, is undamaged. Second thoughts here raise the question, though ? maybe this wasn't censorship but rather an expression of erotic interest or, um, art appreciation?? Maybe someone wanted => a nice little nude to keep in his pocketbook?????? 8vo (20 cm, 7.9"). Frontis., xviii, 768 pp.; 1 plt. (damaged/censored). Contemporary mottled calf framed in triple gilt fillets, spine gilt extra, all page edges marbled; binding with expectable acid-pitting and minor cracking of the leather over the spine and joints. One (and only one) signature foxed, leaves otherwise clean. A handsome book, defaced in a way that is depressing but also interesting. Bookseller Inventory # 11896

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Title: De la sagesse.

Publisher: Jean-Fran?ois Bastien, Paris

Publication Date: 1783

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