La Constitution de la Lune, rêve politique et moral. Louis-Abel BEFFROY DE REIGNY.

La Constitution de la Lune, rêve politique et moral.
La Constitution de la Lune, rêve politique et moral.

Paris: chez Froulle, 1793.

Octavo, good uncut copy; in later quarter red morocco with marbled boards.

A liberal society on the moon

First of two editions published in 1793. It is of notable rarity, with only five copies of both editions listed in NUC.

First of two editions published in 1793. It is of notable rarity, with only five copies of both editions listed in NUC.
This work describes the wonderfully liberal state of lunar society, a politically direct and utopian response to the savagery of the Jacobin Terror, which was then at its height. Its association with the events in France is made explicit with its declarative opening, in which the Consul General of the Moon announces: 'Toute espèce d'intolérance en matière d'opinions, soit politiques, soit religieuses, est déclarée attentatoire à la liberté; et sera punie, de la peine portée par la loi contre les conspirateurs, qui ne tendent qu'a bouleverser l'état, en divisant les citoyens'.
Certainly the authorities could not mistake the work's tone: seeing it as dangerously politically motivated, they imprisoned its author for a brief period.

Negley, 74.

Price (AUD): $3,400.00  other currencies     Ref: #3005369

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