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    Antoine Court De Gebelin. Monde Primitif, Analysé Et Comparé Avec Le Monde Moderne,.... Paris: 1781-1796 [most 1787].

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    Antoine Court De Gebelin. Monde Primitif, Analysé Et Comparé Avec Le Monde Moderne, Considéré Dans Son Génie Allegorique Et Dans Les Allégories Auxquelles Conduisit Ce Génie... Nouvelle Edition. Paris: Durand [et al.], 1781-1796 [most 1787].

    Quarto. Eight volumes in nine. 1, a-c4, A-N4, O2, 2-1 blank, [2]A-2M4, 2N2 [2N2 blank]; 2,a-g4, A-3L4; 1, a-c4,A-3T4; 1, a-c4, d2, A-4H4, 4K2; 1, a-n4, A-4L4, 4M2; 2,A-H4, I1, a2q4, A-2Z4, 3A2; 1, 3B-7C4, 7D2; 1, a-2g4, 2h2, A-3V4, 3X2; 1, a-i4, A-4E4, 4F2. [2], xvi, 108, [2], 278; [2], vi, 644; [2], xxiv, 524; [2], xxxviii, 628; [2], civ, 1238; [4], 66, cccx, 747clm; [2], 753-2260 clms; ccxliv,1032 clms, 1033-1048; [2], 24, lxxii, 595. Forty-five engraved plates, some folding, two folding maps, four engraved frontispieces, nine engraved head-pieces, one text cut. Contemporary tree-stained sheep, spines banded, gilt in compartments with titles gilt on leather labels, edges red. Varying wear and small losses to spine ends; volume nine has front joint cracked but cords are strong; a few other joints starting; some browning, some stains; a few scattered tears but overall a very good set. From the collection of Stuart Kaplan. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    "Antoine Court who named himself Antoine Court de Gébelin (circa 1719; died 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." [Wikipedia]

    "Among the more absurd results of Court de Gebelin's method of intuitive insight into origins is the ground of his inclusion in this book: an essay on the Tarot contained in Monde primitif, Volume VIII, published in 1781. All his other bizarre speculations have long been forgotten; this one essay continues to be read, as having the fountain-head of the entire occult Tarot mystique." [Ronald Decker et al., A Wicked Pack Of Cards: The Origins Of The Occult Tarot, 1996.]

    Cioranescu 18th century 21443. Caillet 2668 "ouvrage rare surtout avec tome IX qui manque souvent" . Cohen de Ricci 261. Sabin 17174. Kaplan, Tarot I,28. Wheeler Gift 498.

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