6093. Haller's novel Usong, 1668

HALLER, (ALBRECHT VON). (2). Usong, histoire orientale. A Paris, (chez Valkade...) et à Lausanne (chez Fr. Grasset, & Compagnie) [colophon: Paris, de l'imprimerie de Ph. D. Pierre] 1772.
Large 12:o (c. 165x97 mm.). (5), VI-XII, (1)-346, (2) pp.
Contemporary brown calf, slightly worn, partly gilt edges of covers, gilt spine, red edges. Small dampstain to inner lower corner of first few leaves.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1668.
French translation by Gabriel Seigneux de Correvon of Haller's "Usong: Eine Morgenländische Geschichte", Bern 1771. Three editions of the French translation appeared in 1772, one of the others at Lausanne and one at Paris and Frankfurt, published by Eslinger (see item below).
Usong is one of Haller's three philosophical romances, the other two being "Alfred, König der Angelsachsen" (1773) and "Fabius und Cato" (1774), in which his views as to the respective merits of despotism, of limited monarchy and of aristocratic republican governement are fully set forth.
In "Usong" Haller demonstrates his profound admiration for Eastern political systems. Though set in a fictional Persia, the political arrangements of the ideal state are drawn from Chinese Confucian philosophy. +

HALLER, (ALBRECHT VON). Usong, histoire orientale. A Paris et se trouve à Francfort (chez Jean George Esslinger) 1772.
8:o (c. 169x99 mm.). (3), IV-XII, (1)-346, (lacks last blank leaf) pp. Title within printed decorative frame.
New boards, redspeckled edges. 2 volumes.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1669.
From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).