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    Mirabaud, Jean-Baptiste de, [attrib.] or more likely, Baron Paul Heinrich Dietrich von Holbach. Opinions Des Anciens Sur Les Juifs [Includes:] Reflexions Impartiales Sur L'Evangile. London [Amsterdam?]: N.P.[Marc-Michel Rey?], 1769. 8vo. 2 works in 1 vol. [as issued] ¹1,A-H8, ¹2,I-P8 [-P8 blank]. [2],127,[3],129-238pp. Later paste-paper decorated wraps, untrimmed with margins of varying size, some foxing. First Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $500


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    "Paul Heinrich Dietrich, or as he is better known, Paul-Henri Thiry, baron d'Holbach, was born in January, 1723, in the little village of Heidelsheim (N.W. of Carlsruhe) in the Palatinate...  It may be doubted if young Holbach inherited his title and estates immediately as there was an uncle "Messire Francois-Adam, Baron d'Holbach, Seigneur de Héeze, Léende et autres Lieux" who lived in the rue Neuve S. Augustin and died in 1753... Holbach was a student in the University of Leyden in 1746 and spent a good deal of time at his uncle's estate at Héeze, a little town in the province of North Brabant (S.E. of Eindhoven). He also traveled and studied in Germany....By 1750 Holbach was established in Paris as a young man of the world. His fortune, his learning, his sociability attracted the younger literary set toward him. In 1749 he was already holding his Thursday dinners which later became so famous. Among his early friends were Diderot, Rousseau and Grimm... Holbach's life, in common with that of most philosophers, offers no events, except that he came near being killed in the crush and riot in the rue Royale that followed the fire at the Dauphin's wedding in 1770. He was never an official personage. His entire life was spent in study, writing and conversation with his friends... Holbach's most intimate and life-long friend among the great figures of the century was Diderot... After 1760 Holbach became interested in another line of intellectual activity, namely the writing and translation of anti-religious literature. His first book of this sort really appeared in 1761 although no copies bear this date. From 1767 on however he published a great many works of this character." He printed several works under Mirabaud's name.



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