London [But Paris]: 1767.
First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good Condition. Item #040428
Three parts in one volume in full 19th century leather. Front hinge rubbed but firm. A poet as well as philosopher, Borde was famous for a controversy with Rousseau where he took the side of Voltaire. As a result, a number of his works, including this one, were attributed to Voltaire until relatively recently. 134pp, 91pp, 101pp with 3 separate title pages.
Bound with: L'asiatique tolérant, l'an XXIV du traducteur (1748). Written as sequel to Crébillon's "Les amours de Zeokinizul, roi des Kofirans," a satire on Louis XV and Mme de Pompadour, and originally attributed to Crébillon but actually penned by La Beaumelle. A roman a clef (with an actual clef). 128pp plus the Clef.
In May 1751, the Parliament of Grenoble condemned the book to be "slashed and burned by the executioner of high justice [...] as scandalous, seditious and to overthrow the Catholic religion, Apostolic and Roman, and the powers established God, and to disturb the peace and public tranquility. " La Beaumelle was sent to the Bastille for the first time the next year. Size: Octavo (8vo). Text is clean and unmarked. Scattered foxing, but text mostly clean. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Philosophy; Inventory No: 040428.