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1 BASNAGE, Henri (1657-1710). Histoire des ouvrages des Savans: Mois Janvier, Fevrier & Mars 1703; [with] Mois d'Avril, Mai, & Juin 1703; [WITH:] Mois de Juil. Aout, Sept. Oct. Nov. & Dec. 1703.
A Rotterdam, Chez Reinier Leers, 1703. 1703 
12mo. 410, [22] pp. Three title pages (grouping the months) with engraved printer's device, indexes. Original single ruled full calf with elaborate gilt-stamped spine, five bands, and 2 red leather spine labels, all edges red speckled; binding worn with cracked but holding joints. Bookplate of Hartford Seminary Foundation. Binding as is, internally very good. Henri Basnage de Beauval was a French Huguenot historian, lexicographer, and journal editor. His Histoire des ouvrages des savans was a periodical appearing from 1687 to 1709; it was a sequel to the Nouvelles de la République des Lettres of Pierre Bayle. The change of title was in fact cosmetic, to avoid trouble with the publisher of the Nouvelles. Basnage himself did almost all the editorial reviews, and those of John Locke's works, in particular, did much to spread his ideas. Barbier's Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes ascribes the editorship of this to Jacques Basnage de Beauval; the Library of Congress, British Museum, and Bibliothèque Nationale catalogues ascribe the editorship to Henri Basnage, sieur de Beauval. REFERENCES: Wiep van Bunge et al. (editors), The Dictionary of Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Dutch Philosophers (2003), Thoemmes Press (two volumes), article Basnage de Beauval, Henri, p. 54–8; Hans Bots, Lenie van Lieshout, Contribution à la connaissance des réseaux d'information au début du XVIIIe siècle: Henri Basnage de Beauval et sa correspondance à propos de l'«Histoire des ouvrages des savans », 1687-1709: publication annotée de quelque cent lettres et index thématique et analytique, Amsterdam, Holland University Press, 1984. See: Sgard, Jean. Dictionnaire des journaux (1600-1789), 2 vols., Paris, 1991, p. 650; Jack Censer, The French Press in the Age of Enlightenment, 2002. 
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2 BERSOT, Ernest (1816-1880). Du Spiritualisme et de la Nature.
Paris: Ladrange, 1846. 1846 
8vo. lx, 362 pp. Contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards, dark leather gilt-stamped spine label; scuffed. Good. Bersot was a philosopher, moralist and journalist. 
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3 DÉMEUNIER Jean-Nicolas (1751-1814). L'esprit des usages et des coutumes des différens peuples, Ou observations tirées des voyageurs & des historiens. [3 volumes].
[London, Paris]: A Londres, et se trouve à Paris, Chez Pissot, 1776. 1776 
Three volumes (complete). 8vo. xvi, 415; viii, 365; viii, 336 pp. Half titles, title woodcut vignettes, head and tail-pieces. Original full mottled calf with decorative gilt-stamped spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers and edges; joints cracked but holding, head and tail worn with head portion missing on vol. 3, later shelf-sticker on spine foot. Ownership signature of "C. Francis, 1836" and rubber ink and blind-embossed stamps on first and last few pages (Harvard College Library, duplicate; Connecticut Theological Institute), including titles. Good. Rare. FIRST EDITION. At the time of publication Démeunier was just 25 years old. The sources of this work were not first-hand observations from personal travel or field work, for Démeunier had not traveled. Instead he worked as a translator of many travel books coming out in England at that time, from which he gathered this compilation. "Demeunier's attitude toward his own sources is paradoxical and fascinating: in his chapter devoted to 'Different sorts of foods,' he provides a long list of peoples of the world who have been said to be cannibals, along with careful references to the sources of his information. There are Mexicans, Peruvians, and many varieties of Africans" but most of the time (9 out of 10, according to Edna Lemay who studied Démeunier) he copied directly from travel sources in compiling his book. (Miller). Nevertheless, the book was successful and reissued in 1785 and again in 1786. Then in the 20th century his book came to light in the works of several other writers. Démeunier has the great honor of being called the father of social anthropology by Radcliffe-Brown (1958). In addition, he published a few other works in his time, for example, L'Amérique indépendante...was published as a separate volume of Démeunier's contributions to Charles Joseph Panckoucke's Encyclopédie méthodique published in 1784 - 1786, which had been corrected and debated in correspondence with Thomas Jefferson. Démeunier is thus considered one of the key figures in the organization of support for the American cause, as well as supporting the French Revolution. When translated, the title reads, The spirit of the uses and customs of different peoples, or observations of travelers and historians. Diamond observes that writers of travel accounts "did not present their information in ways which allowed Démeunier to compare social systems; his materials were, so to speak, atomized, and he could only regroup usages. But, as his table of contents indicates, his work implies a certain conception of the internal unity of every social group which might have provided ethnographers with a complete framework of inquiry. Indeed, he sought to classify usages not according to their similarities or differences but according to their social functions….Man is primarily a being who subsists and perpetuates himself; therefore Démeunier first of all considers what and how he eats his food and his table manners; then the condition of women, forms of marriage, birth customs and education of children. Man is also a being who lives in a group; therefore it is appropriate to deal with the different parts of the social body-chiefs and sovereigns, warriors, masters and slaves, distinctions of rank and property. Man is a being with symbolically expressed relations which he regulates. … Démeunier mentions the different conceptions of beauty and adornment, of modesty; then he deals with domestic usages as well as penal laws and their administration. Ultimately, man is mortal, and the work ends with considerations on homicide, suicide, human sacrifice, sickness, medicine, death and funerals". REFERENCES: Diamond, Stanley. Anthropology: Ancestors and Heirs. Walter de Gruyter, 1980, pp. 48-50; Marienstras, Elise & Wulf, Naomi. French Translations and Reception of the Declaration of Independence. Retrieved online on Jan. 16, 2014; Miller, Christopher L. Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French University of Chicago Press,1986. p. 191-2 footnotes; Radcliffe-Brown. "Precursors of Social Anthropology", reprinted in Method in social anthropology; selected essays. [Chicago]: University of Chicago Press, 1958. 
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4 GOGUEL, François; Alfred GROSSER. La Politique en France.
Paris: Armand Colin, 1964. 1964 
Series: "Société Politique," Alfred Grosser (ed.). 8vo. 298 pp. Red printed card covers. Ownership ink signature. Very good. 
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5 GUIZOT, François Pierre Guillaume (1787-1874). A Popular History of France, From the Earliest Times…with 300 illustrations by A. De Neuville, translated by Robert Black, M. A. [6 volumes].
Boston: Dana Estes and Charles E. Lauriat, [1869]. 1869 
Six volumes. Small 4to. 418; 412; 383; 448; 678, 668, [4 ads] pp. Half titles, frontispieces, red and black decorative title in vol. 1, color map (vol. 1), steel engravings and numerous woodcuts; small ink stain p. 5 and printed number on verso of plate facing p.193 (vol. 1), occasional light foxing. Original gilt and blind stamped half dark brown morocco over textured maroon cloth, marbled fore-edges and endpapers; slightly rubbed/gnawed. Previous owner's ink signature. Very good. HANDSOME LEATHER BOUND SET. François Pierre Guillaume Guizot was a noted French historian, orator, and statesman. His Popular History of France is an attractive and engrossing narrative, here presented in an easily readable English translation by Robert Black. 
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6 [Antoinette, Marie] CAMPAN, Jeanne Louise Henriette (1752-1822). Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette, to which are added personal recollections illustrative of the reigns of Louis XIV, XV, XVI… With a memoir of Madame Campan by F. Barrière. New edition revised by F.M. Graves, with an introduction and notes by J. Holland Rose. [2 volumes].
New York: Brentano's, (1917). 1917 
Two volumes. 8vo. cxxvii, 309; ix, 460 pp. 30 photogravure plates with tissue overlays, additional engraved decorative title plates with tissue overlay, index; some leaves roughly opened or with occasional marginal tears, browning. Original half decorative gilt-stamped maroon morocco with five raised spine bands over pale wine cloth, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. – for Brentano's, NY; extremities rubbed, corners slightly showing. Very good. Jeanne Louise Henriette Campan (1752-1822) was a French educator, writer and lady-in-waiting in the service of Marie Antoinette before and during the French Revolution. She was afterwards headmistress of the first "Maison d'éducation de la Légion d'honneur", as appointed by Napoleon in 1807. Full of gossip: [The Queen's] "modesty. In every particular of her private toilet, was extreme; she bathed in a long flannel gown buttoned up to the neck; and, while her two bathing women assisted her out of the bath, she required one of them to hold a cloth before her, raised so that her attendants might not see her. And yet one Soulavie has dared, in the first volume of a most scandalous work, to say that the Queen was disgustingly immodest; that she was accustomed to bathe naked, and that she had even given admittance to a venerable ecclesiastic while in that state." 
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