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de Maillet, Benoit
Honore et Fils, 1748. OVER 100 YEARS BEFORE DARWIN--FIRST EDITION BY A FRENCH DIPLOMAT OF A PHILOSOPHIC TREATISE PROPOSING THAT THE EARTH AND LIFE EVOLVED OVER DEEP TIME. 7 3/4 inches tall hardcover octavo, full calf binding, spine with tooled gilt compartments, red leather gilt title label, edges red-stained, marbled endpapers, two volumes in one: pp. [1-10] i-cxix [2] 1-208 [2] [1-231 [1] [note: pages 113-120 of volume one were not printed), wear to cover edges, binding tight, scattered light foxng, very good. TEXT IN FRENCH. First edition of this important, controversial, and strangely prescient work, dedicated to Cyrano de Bergerac. By using the device of an imaginary voyage to India by a French missionary, and by presenting the work's philosophy as the beliefs of an Indian mystic, Maillet sought to make palatable his pre-Darwinian theories of evolution. Primarily a geological treatise, presented as the theories of an Indian mystic encountered by a French missionary during an imaginary voyage to India, based on Maillet's extensive travels in Europe and the Near East, which attempts to relate man to geology and geology to the universe within the context of Cartesian logic. His theories are said to have influenced Diderot and Darwin. Cioranescu 41376. Sabin 43891. BENOIT DE MAILLET (1656-1738) was a diplomat and explorer. His fame rests almost exclusively on this work, which Ward and Carozzi described as introducing 'the concept of slow changes over a great period of time and that of a diminishing ocean as well as the evolution of marine life into terrestrial life. Genera … [Click Below for Full Description]
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