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    Charles Dupuis. Origine De Tous Les Cultes, Ou Religion Universelle. Paris, 1795.

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    Six quarto volumes in three. Lacks frontispiece and atlas. A very good copy of a book banned by the Catholic Church.

    Charles Francois Dupuis. Origine De Tous Les Cultes, Ou Religion Universelle. Paris: Henri Agasse, 1795 [l'An III.] First Editions. Six quarto volumes in three. ¹3 [lacks frontispiece and atlas.], b4, A-3A4; ¹2 A-2N4, 2O2, A-2P4, A-N4; ¹1, A-2Z4, A-3X4, 3Y2. A-B4. iii-xvi, 556, [4]; [4], 302, 304, 106; [1], i-iv, 5-367 pages. Text volumes bound in marbled paper covered boards with titles gilt on red morocco by J. B. Vansanten of Brussels, bookstamps of Armand de Terwange; a few repairs; volume III has some dampstains and minor wormholes in lower margin. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    Charles François Dupuis (26 October 1742 - 29 September 1809) was a French savant, a professor (from 1766) of rhetoric at the College de Lisieux, Paris, who studied for the law in his spare time and was received as "Avocat" in 1770.... Dupuis devoted himself to the study of astronomy (his tutor was Lalande) in connection with mythology, the result of which was his magnum opus: Origine de tous les Cultes, ou la Réligion Universelle. It appeared in 1795 ... In Origine he advocated the unity of the astronomical and religious myths of all nations, an aspect of the Enlightenment's confidence in the universality of human nature.

    "Religion, he argued, answers an elementary human need; it came about as a cosmic cult of 'l'Univers-Dieu' and was refined with the growth of astronomical knowledge. The historical religions, Christianity included, owed their existence to the craft of priests, who took advantage of the popular esteem for religion. With immense erudition Dupuis discovered a plethora of analogies between tenets and practices of various religions." [Historia and fabula: myths and legends in historical thought from antiquity ... By Peter G. Bietenholz, 1994]. This included a denial of Jesus' divinity which landed the work on the Index of Forbidden Books.

    Caillet 3420. Esoterica 1403. Hilmy 200.

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