[Chastenay, Victorine de] - Du génie des... - Lot 31 - Crait + Müller

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[Chastenay, Victorine de] - Du génie des... - Lot 31 - Crait + Müller
[Chastenay, Victorine de] - Du génie des peuples anciens, ou Tableau historique et littéraire du développement de l'esprit humain chez les peuples anciens, depuis les premiers temps connus jusqu'au début de l'ère chrétienne. By Mrs. V. de C********. Paris, Maradan, 1808. 4 volumes in-8, full contemporary speckled calf, richly ornamented smooth spines, orange red morocco parts, speckled edges, corner worn on the first volume with stain on the second plate - x, 375 pp. (lacks the fx-title); [2 ff.], 397 pp.; [2 ff.], 496 pp.; [2 ff.], 512 pp. First edition. Coming from an old family and the last one of her house, Victorine de Chastenay had a passion for serious studies since childhood and did not cease, as an adult, to pursue her reading. Her ambition was to succeed Madame Dacier and to rival Germaine de Staël in her extensive literary works. In Du Génie des peuples anciens, a work which covers, from the East to the West, the "beginnings of known times" until the beginning of the Christian era, she tries to show the progress of the human spirit by reviewing poetry, music, philosophy, astronomy, sciences... Uncommon, pleasant copy.
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