1441. [Encyclopedia]

DE FELICE, Fortunato Bartolomeo

Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire universel raisonné des connaissances humaines.

Yverdon, [F.-B. De Felice], 1770-1780

54 vol., 4to.

Contemp. marbled wrappers ("reliure d'attente") (set in rather used condition). Not collated, sold w.a.f.

First edition of this famous encyclopedia edited by Fortunato Bartolomeo de Felice (Rome 1723-1789 Yverdon), Italian nobleman and enlightened philosopher and writer. Present in our set are 38 text vol. (of 42; vol. 1, 8, 35, 41 missing), 6 suppl. vol. and the 10 vol. of plates containing +/- 1.200 engr. pl. De Felice wrote more than 800 articles himself; other important contributors were Leonhard Euler, Charles François Dupuis, Jérôme Lalande, Albrecht von Haller, etc. Printed in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, this "Encyclopédie d'Yverdon" was based on the famous "Encyclopédie de Paris" of Diderot and d'Alembert (1751-1772), but turned increasingly anti-religious. Hence the alternative name "Protestant Encyclopedia" and its large success in northern Europe.
Ref. Conlon 70:192. - Helveticat. - BnF.

€ 800 / 1.200

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