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Dialogues of the Dead, In Three Parts. I. Dialogues of the Antients. II. The Antients with the Moderns. III. The Moderns. Translated from the French. With a Reply to some Remarks in a Critique, call'd The Judgment of Pluto, &c. And Two Original Dialogues

Dialogues of the Dead, In Three Parts. I. Dialogues of the Antients. II. The Antients with the Moderns. III. The Moderns. Translated from the French. With a Reply to some Remarks in a Critique, call'd The Judgment of Pluto, &c. And Two Original Dialogues

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Dialogues of the Dead, In Three Parts. I. Dialogues of the Antients. II. The Antients with the Moderns. III. The Moderns. Translated from the French. With a Reply to some Remarks in a Critique, call'd The Judgment of Pluto, &c. And Two Original Dialogues

by FONTENELLE, Bernard Le Bouyer de (1657-1757)

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London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-Inn, 1708. Full Calf. Near Fine. First edition of this translation, by John Hughes, superseding that of Dryden, of Nouveaux dialogues des morts. 8vo; [2], l, [2], 209 [1]pp, with a finely engraved frontispiece. Bound in contemporary or slightly later 18th-century Cambridge-style paneled calf, the spine richly gilt in six compartments divided by raised bands, with a red leather lettering piece in the second. The joints very skillfully mended, a Near Fine copy, pages bright and fresh. ESTC Citation No. T139460. The Dialogues, modeled on the dialogues of Lucian, unite in conversation figures from antiquity, such as Socrates and Aristotle, with more recent personages, including Erasmus and Montaigne, to discuss the literary and philosophical developments of Fontenelle's day. First published anonymously in 1683, Dialogues des morts and Nouveaux dialogues des morts were Fontenelle's first works and ignited his reputation, which was consolidated three years later with Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes, through which he popularized Copernicus's heliocentric model of the Universe. To this edition, John Hughes contributes both an appreciation and assessment of Fontenelle as well as two dialogues of his own. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

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Dialogues of the Dead, In Three Parts. I. Dialogues of the Antients. II. The Antients with the Moderns. III. The Moderns. Translated from the French. With a Reply to some Remarks in a Critique, call'd The Judgment of Pluto, &c. And Two Original Dialogues
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