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1 COURT DE GÉBELIN, Antoine (1719-1784). Histoire naturelle de la parole, ou précis de l’origine du langage & de la grammaire universelle. Extrait du monde primitif.
Paris: Chez l’Auteur..., 1776. 1776 Signed
197 x 125 mm. 8vo. [iv], 400 pp. Engraved frontis. of "Mercure conduit par l’amour, ou invention du langage et de l’écriture" by A. Romanet after C. P. Marillier, woodcut title-page vignette, headpieces, tailpieces, 1 engraved folding plate on the alphabet, 1 engraved colored folding plated signed D’Agoty pere, 1775 on the anatomy of the vocal organs. Modern calf, original marbled boards, gilt spine. Fine. FIRST SEPARATE EDITION of part of the third volume of Court de Gébelin’s larger work Le monde primitif, analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne (Paris, 1773-1782). This is one of the author’s most valuable works on etymology. Court de Gébelin deals with words, the origins of language, writing and grammar, and much more. The color engraving by Gautier d’Agoty, on the anatomy of the organs and muscles of speech, is explained in detail (9 pages) by the French physician, Dr. Desault (1744-1795), the great French surgeon, who was teacher of Bichat, father of French surgical anatomy, and founder of the first surgical clinic in Europe. A special feature of this work is the color plate by Jacques Fabian Gautier d’Agoty (1717?-1786) whose fascinating anatomic illustrations will always retain their value in anatomical history as well as in the history of art. See: Choulant - Frank, History and bibliography of anatomic illustration, pp. 270-271. Antoine Court de Gébelin was a French literary savant and student of antiquity. He wrote numerous works on mythology, history and was especially active in the field of etymology (French, Greek, Latin., among others). Antoine Court de Gébelin, born at Nimes, Switzerland, a pastor and occultist, he became a famous religious leader of the Huguenots. He moved to France and was a literary savant, Freemason, and student of antiquity. de Gébelin wrote a well-known work on tarot cards. Additionally he wrote numerous works on mythology, history and was especially active in the field of etymology (French, Greek, Latin, among others). He was even appointed as a royal censor. His involvement with the Lodge brotherhood was where he came to meet Benjamin Franklin. He knew Franz Anton Mesmer and was an advocate of animal magnetism, and yet this led to his demise as he died by an experimental electrical stimulation causing his heart to stop. Biographie Universelle. Brunet, II, col. 1516; Blake, NLM, p. 101; Graesse, III, p. 40 (1816). 
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