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    Degli uomini tali quali sono o come dovrebbero essere, opera di sentimento. [Translated by Orazio degli Arrighi Landini (1718-1755)] by [BLONDEL, Jean (1733-1810)]

    Hamburg: [s.n.], 1759. 8vo (177 x 121 mm). 103 pp. Woodcut white-on-black title vignette (or printer's device?) of 3 grotesque figures hammering on an anvil. Untrimmed. Printing flaw to p. 26, with beginnings of lines faintly printed. Light soiling to first text page and to a few deckle edges, small wormhole through upper cover and first dozen leaves, occasional worming in gutters. Original plain wrappers with orange paper backstrip, the latter overlaid at top with a manuscript title label (torn and faded). *** First Italian Edition of Blondel's wide-ranging collection of meditations on social psychology (Des hommes tels qu'ils sont...), published in Paris the previous year. Blondel's loosely structured series of mildly reformist essays on human behavior and power relationships range from the political to the domestic and personal. In chapters on the people, the monarchy, and princes he contrasts the realities of each social stratum with what he views as their ideal expression. Chapters on celibacy, marriage, and men's attitudes toward women reinforce cultural stereotypes under the guise of reason and respect. Blondel describes the miserable conditions of the working classes as more painful to well-off observers like himself than to the victims, who are supposedly satisfied with their days of backbreaking labor, hovels and thin soups, since they know nothing else (pp. 61-62). His natural conclusion is to leave well enough alone, maintaining power securely in its present seat. In spite of (or because of) the tepidity of Blondel's pseudo-Enlightenment ideas, the brevity and readability of these essays, which consciously emulate Montaigne, may account for the work's popularity. It was reprinted in 1759 in Hamburg under the imprint of Christian Herold (who may have issued the present anonymously published edition), and translated into Italian, and the next year into German (Hamburg 1760). These circumstances and the use of catchwords on every page (cf. Sayce, Compositorial practices, 30-31) imply that the Hamburg imprint is genuine. This edition is scarce, with only two copies located by OCLC and ICCU (Princeton and Florence, Biblioteca nazionale). Cf. Lapiccirella, 127, Venice 1770 edition (incorrectly described as first Italian edition).



    Age of Enlightenment by Peter Gay

    Ygeneral: Time Life Books, 1976. 192 pgs., Photos and illustrations. (Great Ages of Man Series). Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/None Issued. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.



    Age of Enlightenment (Great Ages of Man) by Gay, Peter

    Hardback. Good.



    The Dark Side of the Enlightenment. An exhibition on the occasion of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies by Noonan, F. Thomas

    Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Library, 1984. First edition. Paper wrappers. Shelfwear else a near fine copy.. 97 pp. Illus. with b/w reproductions. A lucid guide to the exhibition of 179 items. Complimentary card from Friends of the library laid-in loose.



    Exoticism in the Enlightenment by Rousseau G.S & Roy

    1990. Hardcover. ISBN:0719026776. Manchester University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Good + light foxing on all edges does not affect internally. Very Light offsetting on both pastedowns and free endpapers due to dust jacket. A couple of pencil checks in margins od introduction. With an editing mark in read pencil showing that an "s" should be added to the word "situation" on pp.66 which makes sense as the author of that section is Basil Guy whose copy this belonged to. The is a 2.5 inch split at the head between the half title & title pages in the gutter that appeared because those pages were glued together too tightly and when the book was opened it ripped there, structurely the binding is tight and secure. In a Very Good/Fine Dust Jacket.

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