Usong. Eine Morgenländische Geschichte, in vier Büchern.

6 p.l. (first leaf a blank), 420 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, fine cont. polished mottled calf, flat spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Bern: “In Verlag der neuen Buchhandlung,” 1771.

First edition, and a very fine copy, printed on superior paper. In his old age, Haller turned to fiction and wrote three philosophical romances — Usong (1771), Alfred (1773), and Fabius und Cato (1774) — in which he drew upon his political experience and expounded his ideas of government.

In Usong, Haller describes a Persian monarchy ruled benevolently by an enlightened despot. In this utopian novel, Haller outlines the merits of despotism.

A very fine copy.

Price: $1,250.00

Item ID: 6661

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