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    Seven Volume History of the Primitive World
    with Thirteen Folding Maps

    Jean Baptiste Claude Delisle de Sales [Izouard (Isoard, Isouard)]. Histoire Philosophique Du Monde Primitif... Quatrieme Edition Originale. On a reimprime less feuilles imparfaites, pour le petit nombre d'exemplaires, auaequels ce frontispice est destine. Paris: N.P. [Gay & Gide], 1804. Octavo. Seven volumes with atlas. [2], xii, 330, lxvi; [2], 316, lxxx; [2], 336, xlviii; [2], 319, [1], lxiii; [2], 331, [1], lxiv; [2], 390, [2]; [2], 207, [2], cvii pages. Seven engraved title pages, thirty plates including thirteen folding maps (three fully hand-colored), and three folding astrological star charts some signed by Macret, Monnet, Schmit, etcetera; portrait of the author by Duflos after Borel. Contemporary dark green calf-backed marbled boards, with vellum corner tips, spines gilt; boards lightly warped, edge wear and corner bumps; volumes three and five corner bends and small stickers to rear boards; volumes four and five small tears to upper edges of front boards; first volume hinge cracked between title page and frontispiece portrait, seventh volume rear hinge cracked; edges speckled, minor foxing and paper toning, occasional soiling, plates identified with notes in a contemporary hand; generally very good, clean crisp copies. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Izouard, who styled himself, Delisle de Sales, (1714-1816) was a member of the group of the 'philosophes.' "He wrote a work called Philosophie de la Nature (in 1770) which was condemned by the Chatelet in 1775 and its author imprisoned. The Chatelet after lengthy proceedings sentenced Delisle to perpetual banishment on absurdly inadequate grounds, but the sentence was quashed by the parliament." -OCFL.

    Izouard wrote a number of philosophical, historical, and political works including a defense of freedom of the press, and a utopian work based on Plato's Republic which impressed Voltaire, but he remains a relatively unstudied figure in French 18th century philosophy."Parmi ses nombreux ouvrages, ou l'on trouve une vaste erudition, des idees souvent brillantes et neuves..." - Larousse VI, 360.

    The fourth edition had first appeared in 1793-5 but our author condemns the poor printing of that edition and has corrected the errors and omissions of that issue and has added some new text and a map of Atlantis. It is interesting to note that he remarks that America has been left off his maps as it is still too new to picture accurately.

    The title of Izouard's work is reminiscent of Count de Gebelin's grammatically based work and is sometimes confused with it but Izouard calls the other work a poor performance.

    Caillet 2947 (1793 edition.) Esoterica 569 (1793 edition) "Tres rare." Cioranescu 22821. Barbier II, 784. Querard I, 457. RLIN finds only one copy at Columbia University. No copy of this edition is listed in OCLC. 

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