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RAYNAL, Guillaume-Thomas (1713 - 1796)
Histoire philosophique et politique des établissemens & du commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes.
The Hague: Gosse fils, 1774.
7 volumes in 6 volumes in-8, engraved portrait of the author, (4)-viii-438 pages; viii-312-(3) pages; xii-440 pages; viii-301 pages; xi-296-viii-287 pages; viii-326 pages; 7 frontispieces and 7 folding maps. Contemporary stiff vellum, spine ribbed, title and giblets (missing on the last volume).
Second edition of "the first bible of anti-slavery" (François Moureau).
It is illustrated with 7 frontispieces after Charles Eisen engraved by
Baquoy, Gaucher, Launay, Longueil, Masquelier and Née, and 7 folding maps.
To establish this history of the colonization resulting from a commission, the abbot Raynal surrounded himself with collaborators partisans of the Enlightenment, of which d'Holbach and Diderot. Under the guise of recounting the history of European explorations and commercial settlements in the world, the enterprise became a disguised criticism of royal despotism, Catholic fanaticism and colonialism. The first edition appeared in 1770 and two years later was condemned to fire by the parliament and the Church, as was the second edition thereafter.
Bound after the 7th volume in the last volume: [BERNARD, François]. Analysis of the Philosophical and Political History of the Establishments and Trade of Europeans in the Two Indies.
Leiden: J. Murray, 1775. In-8, VIII-245 pages.
First edition of this critique of the work of Abbé Raynal.
Sabin 68080; Cohen 855; In French in the text 166.
(Smudging to the portrait and frontispiece in the 1st volume)
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