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Histoire gÃ©nÃ©rale des cÃ©rÃ©monies, moeurs - PICART, Bernard (artist) - 1741. 
Rollin Fils Paris 1741 - Seven volumes folio (30 x 45 cm). Engr. frontispiece, title, xxviii, 383, [iii]; half-title, title, 468, [iii]; half-title, title, 422; half-title, title, 414; half-title, title, 430; half-title, title, 453, [ii]; half-title, title, 427, [i], complete with 232 engr. pl. incl. 32 folding, and 95 engravings in text, incl. many head and tail pieces by Gravelot, titles printed in red and black with a repeated engraved vignette by Cochin; outer margin of 3 ll. in vol. 2 anciently reinforced. Contemporary calf, spines with raised bands gilt in compartments, red and orange morocco labels lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, red egdes; neat and skilful restorations to joints and head and foot of spines. A fine, fresh example, attractively bound, of the most elaborate history of world religion published up to that time, profusely illustrated with more than 300 engravings. Picart "earned a place in the history of Jewish art by his realistic portrayal of Jewish religious rites. These constitute an invaluable record of Dutch Jewry in the early eighteenth century. [He] sought out Jews in the synagogue and in their homes in order to acquaint himself with their ceremonies. In his picture of a Passover celebration the artist himself can be seen, hatless, participating in a meal" (Ency. Judaica, 13, 498). Other volumes in detail cover Islam, the Americas, Quakers, Hinduism, etc. Despite condemnation from the Catholic church, their publication was a resounding success. "'Ceremonies and customs' prepared the ground for religious toleration amid seemingly unending religious conflict, and demonstrated the impact of the global on Western consciousness [.] as it shaped the development of a modern, secular understanding of religion" (Hunt). The present second edition is the first published in France (after Amsterdam), with a text much corrected and sometimes fully rewritten by Lemascrier, who is also the author of a group of dissertations on the same subject, included here for the first time. Brunet I, 1743; Sabin 4931; Cf. L. Hunt, The Book that Changed Europe: Picart & Bernard's Religious Ceremonies of the World (Harvard UP, 2010). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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