Mahmoud le Gasnevide, histoire orientale. Fragment traduit de l'Arabe, avec des Notes. Jean François MELON.
Mahmoud le Gasnevide, histoire orientale. Fragment traduit de l'Arabe, avec des Notes.

Mahmoud le Gasnevide, histoire orientale…
Mahmoud le Gasnevide, histoire orientale. Fragment traduit de l'Arabe, avec des Notes.

Rotterdam: Jean Hofhoudt, 1729.

Octavo, woodcut vignettes; in contemporary sprinkled calf.

First edition of this Oriental romance and utopian allegory by the economist Melon (d. 1738), an influential French intellectual, who, amongst other things, helped found a literary society under the protection of the Duc de la Force. His best known work was the

First edition of this Oriental romance and utopian allegory by the economist Melon (d. 1738), an influential French intellectual, who, amongst other things, helped found a literary society under the protection of the Duc de la Force. His best known work was the
He became an important member of the Court, regularly consulted for advice on commerce and finance.
Mahmoud, one of his earliest works, is an historical allegory which displays many of the classic traits of the utopian genre, in particular the spurious claim to have been translated from an Arabic original, and a Preface which gives a realistic frame to the work by introducing a sketchy history of the Caliphate. The work was quickly recognized as 'une satire de la régence' (NBG).
This is an attractive copy, with the armorial bookplate of John West, first Earl de la Warr, eighteenth century English politician and soldier.

Barbier, III, p. 14.

Price (AUD): $785.00  other currencies     Ref: #3006446

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