Atheism

La Contagion Sacrée, ou Histoire naturelle de la Superstition. Ouvrage traduit de l’Anglois.

1 p.l., x, 169 pp.; 2 p.l., 184 pp. Two vols. in one. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf (foot of spine a little chipped, lower edge of upper cover a little defective), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. “Londres” (but probably Amsterdam): 1768.

First edition of one Holbach’s most important assaults on religion, in which he attacked Christianity and other religions as the source of all human evils. Holbach (1723-89), French philosopher, kept a salon in Paris for Helvetius, d’Alembert, Diderot, Condillac, Turgot, Buffon, Grimm, Hume, Garrick, Wilkes, Sterne, Rousseau and other free-thinkers. He was a major contributor to the Encyclopédie of articles on chemistry, mineralogy, and metallurgy as well as hundreds of unsigned articles which contained controversial statements on politics and religion.

Very good copy.

❧ Kafker, The Encyclopedists as Individuals: A Biographical Dictionary of the Authors of the Encyclopédie, pp. 170-75.

Price: $1,950.00

Item ID: 5786

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