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William Jackson, London, 1733-1737. 7 volumes in 6. Folio (18" x 11 1/2") bound in full leather with superlative decorative gilt in five raised spine compartments and gilt lettering to two compartments over black and red labels with ruled decorative gilt to covers. Allegorical engravings throughout all the volumes. First English edition. Famed engraver Bernard Picart and author/publisher Jean Frederic Bernard produced The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World, which appeared in French the first of seven folio volumes in 1723. They put religion in comparative perspective, offering images and analysis of Jews, Catholics, Muslims, the peoples of the Orient and the Americas, Protestants, deists, Freemasons, and assorted sects. Despite condemnation by the Catholic Church, the work was a resounding success. For the next century it was copied or adapted, but without the context of its original radicalism and its debt to clandestine literature, English deists, and the philosophy of Spinoza ... Read more

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