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Jacques the fatalist and his master. Paris, Buisson, An Cinquième [1796]. 2 tomes en 1 volume in-8 (197 x 120 mm) de 2 ff.n.ch., 286 pp. for volume I; 2 ff.n.ch., 320 pp., without the last blank page; rooted calf, smooth spine decorated, title and author's piece respectively in red morocco and havana morocco, spine glued (contemporary binding). Genuine first edition with all the characteristics given by Adams. "This singular novel with Rabelaisian accents, inspired at its beginning by an episode of Tristram Shandy de Sterne, is presented in the form of a dialogue between Jacques and his master (and at the same time between Diderot and the reader). Diderot, through romantic anecdotes, gives us his ideas on freedom and determinism. The valet, like the author, who here frees himself from the usual rules of the classic novel, behaves in life as a free man, even though the servants were considered to have no will of their own - so much so that the Constituents excluded them from the electorate in 1789 ". (Gallica, The Essentials). Nice copy. Provenance: Bradley Martin (ex-libris partly torn off, sold in Monaco, 1989, lot 764). Adams, Diderot, JF1; Tchemerzine-Scheler, II, 965.
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