[Featured Lot] Court de Gebelin, Antoine & Sanchuniathon. Allegories Orientales, Ou Le Fragment De Sanchoniation, Qui Contient L'Histoire De Saturne, Suivie De Celles De Mercure Et D'Hercule, Et De Ses Douze Travaux, Avec Leur Explication... [bound with:] Plan Général Et Raisonné Des Divers Objets Et Des Découvertes Qui Composent L'Ouvrage Intitulé: Monde Primitif Analyse Et Compare Avec Le Monde Moderne, Ou Recherches Sur Les Antiquites Du Monde.
    [bound with:] Monde Primitif, Analysé Et Comparé Avec Le Monde Moderne; Considéré Dans Son Genie Allégorique Et Dans Les Allégories Auxquelles Conduisit Ce Génie; Précédé Du Plan General Des Diverses Parties Qui Composeront Ce Monde Primitif... Paris: For the Author, Boudet, Valleyre l'aine, Veuve Duchesne, Saugrain, & Ruault, 1773. 4to. 3 vols. in 1. a4,A2, B-2M4; ¹2, A-N4; 2¹2, a2, 2a-c4 [suscriber's list], A-Y4. viii, 278;[2],102; [8],xxii,175, [1]p. Contemporary half calf over paste-paper boards, spine banded gilt with floral design, title gilt on red morocco label, some rubbing to covers, edges red, marbled endpapers, bookplate "G. C: v. Fechenbach;" minor stain on first t.p.and next two leaves, a few very minor stains and foxing, clean tear in last leaf repaired, but a clean, fresh copy in excellent state of preservation. Three engraved vignette head-pieces 2 by C. P. Marsillier after J. B. Simonet, A. Romanet & Ch. L. Lingee; 3 full-page engraved plates, one folding table. First Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $850

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    "Antoine Court who named himself Antoine Court de Gébelin (ca.1719 - May 10, 1784) was the former Protestant pastor, born at Nimes , who initiated the interpretation of the Tarot as an arcane repository of timeless esoteric wisdom, in an essay included in his Le Monde primitif, analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne ("The Primitive World, Analyzed and Compared to the Modern World")...Court de Gebelin had been ordained a pastor in 1754 before departing Switzerland and remained openly Protestant, a rational advocate for freedom of conscience in Enlightenment France. In Paris, he was initiated into Freemasonry at the lodge Les Amis Réunis, in 1771, and moved on to the lodge Les Neuf Soeurs where he welcomed Benjamin Franklin as a lodge-brother. He was a supporter of American Independence who contributed to the massive Affaires de L'Angleterre et de l'Amérique, of the new theories of economics, and of the "animal magnetism" of Mesmer (in an electrical experiment with whom he died, apparently of an electrically induced heart attack)...His great project had for its goal to set out to reconstruct the high primeval civilization. Reinterpreting Classical and Renaissance evocation of the Golden Age in mankind's early history, Court de Gébelin asserted that the primitive worldwide civilization had been advanced and enlightened. He is the intellectual grandfather of much of modern occultism. His centers of focus are the familiar ones of universal origins of languages in deep time and the hermeneutics of symbolism. Court de Gébelin presented dictionaries of etymology, what he called a universal grammar, and discourses on the origins of language...

    With regard to mythology and symbology, he discussed the origins of allegory in antiquity and recreated a history of the calendar from civil, religious, and mythological perspectives."

    This is the first volume of what would eventually be a 9 volume work but stands alone as an overview of Court de Gebelin's thought.

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