[DELISLE de SALES, Jean-Baptiste-Claude]

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[DELISLE de SALES, Jean-Baptiste-Claude]
Philosophical history of the primitive world, by the author of the philosophy of nature. Fourth original edition. Paris, [unnamed], Year XII of the Republic - 1804. 7 volumes in 4 in-8 (200 x 127 mm) of an engraved portrait and title, XII, 330, LXVI pp. 3 plates (including the portrait) engraved for volume I; 1 engraved title, 316, LXXX pp, 1 engraved folding plate for volume II; 1 engraved title, 336 pp., XLVIII pp. 2 engraved plates for volume III; 1 engraved title, 319, LXIII pp, 3 engraved plates (of which 2 folding) for volume
IV ; 1 engraved title, 331, LXIV pp. for volume V ; 1 engraved title, 390 pp., 1 f.n.c., 1 engraved folding plate for volume VI ; 1 engraved title, 206 pp., 1 f.n.c., CVII pp., 20 plates (of which 15 folding maps) engraved for volume VII. Half tan basane, smooth spine decorated, marbled edges (period binding).
Caillet, 2944.
Reprint of the fourth edition, despite the indication on the title it is thus effectively the 5th edition of this famous work.
Complete with its 30 plates, including 15 folding maps and plates of mineralogy, classical mythology, etc. "A more complete edition than the first one, which was only 3 volumes. It deals with all sorts of subjects: subterranean geography, foundations of a new cosmology, volcanoes and earthquakes, Atlantis, famous navigations of the primitive world" (Caillet). The work concludes with a detailed bibliography of all the works consulted.
Volume 2 p. LXI/II with small hole (paper defect) touching 3 words, some foxing; bindings rubbed.
Provenance: P. Cayrol (wet stamp at the end of each volume).
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