6080. Ramsay's Les voyages de Cyrus 1727

RAMSAY, A(NDREW MICHAEL). (2). Les voyages de Cyrus, avec un discours sur la mythologie. I-II. Paris (chez Gabriel-François Quillau, fils) 1727.

12:o (about 167x99 mm.). (14, first leaf blank), (1)-355, (1 blank); (4, first leaf blank), (1)-224, (1)-188 pp. 1 engraved frontispiece (in vol. I).
Contemporary brown calf, worn, gilt spine in six compartments, some damages at foot. Minor foxing. Signature of Ramsay at end of printed dedication in vol. I. Monogrammed signature on titles. Signature on first endpapers of Mad. La Marquise D'Agoulz. 2 volumes.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1609.
First edition. Many editions followed, in French, English, German, Italian, and Spanish.
At the end of vol. II is a 164-pp "Discours sur la Mythologie", in which Ramsay demonstrates that all the sages of the world had some notions, each in his own way, and more or less clearly, about a God creating the universe, of a golden age and a fall from grace by the sins of the first men, but a hope for a redeemer who would restore the original harmony. There are three pages about the mythology of the Chinese.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).