Lettres cabalistiques, ou correspondence philsophique...entre deux Cabalisted, divers Esprits elementaires & le Seigneur Astaroth. Nouvelle Edition [7 Volumes, complete]
by Argens, Jean-Baptiste de Boyer
Pierre Paupie. Hardcover. [SP207] A La Haye, 1766. 7 volumes. 12mo, contemporary mottled calf, gilt-decorated spines; spine ends chipped, generally sound internatlly. Near fine condition overall. Boyer was born in Aix-en-Provence. An arch-opponent of the Catholic Church, intolerance and religious oppression, he had to flee his native France and his books were frequently denounced by the Inquisition. In 1724 he accompanied the French ambassador on a journey to Constantinople, where he lived for a year. After an adventurous youth, he was disinherited by his father. He then settled for a time in Amsterdam, where he wrote his famous Lettres juives (The Hague, 6 vols, 1738-1742), Lettres chinoises (The Hague, 6 vols, 1739-1742), and Lettres cabalistiques (2nd ed., 7 vols, 1769); also the Mémoires secrets de la république des lettres (7 vols, 1743-1478), afterwards revised and augmented as Histoire de l'esprit humain (Berlin, 14 vols, 1765-1768). He also wrote six novels, the best known of which is Thérèse Philosophe (1748). A very nice complete set in original binding. . Very Good. (Inventory #: SP207XX)
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