6086. Voltaires Dictionnaire philosophique 1764

(VOLTAIRE, FRANCOIS-MARIE AROUET DE). Dictionnaire philosophique portatif. Londres (but Geneva, Cramer) 1764.

8:o (about 193x112 mm.). (2, lacks half-title), v-viii, (1)-344 pp.
Contemporary brown mottled calf, worn, upper cover detached, gilt spine, spine labels missing, red edges. Title and first 3 leaves dampstained in outer margin. Signature of W. Lee on title.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1649.
Three editions dated 1764 exist, all published anonymously. The present edition is usually accepted as the first edition.
Contains i.a. the following articles: "De la Chine" (pp. 78-91) and "Catechisme chinois" (pp. 91-116).
The work was almost immedialety condemned and burned in France, Geneva, the Netherlands, and Rome for its blasphemy, while simultaneously securing its enduring popularity.

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