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[ DIDEROT (Denis) ] et al.
De l'Education Publique.
A Amsterdam, 1763. in-12. XX. 235 pages. Full glaced calf, gilt spine with raised bands and Havana morocco label, triple gilt fillet round boards, gilt fillet on the leading edges of boards, marbled edges (contemporary binding, slightly frayed spine-ends, corners bumped). First Edition, second issue (the first issue is dated 1762). For a long time attributed to Diderot or Crevier, this rare small volume was seemingly published by Diderot himself, who may also be the author of several passages (notably the twenty-page long preface and the twelve pages concerning girls' education). Yet, the most part of the work is probably due to an anonymous young Jesuit that Diderot meant to help (see the detailed study by Palmer, who cites Thiébault as a possible co-author). "The mystery of 'De l'Education Publique' remains. But (…) it seems almost certain that Diderot wrote the preface, and possibly though not necessarily, the four pages on the university and on the education of girls, that Crevier was not the author as has been thought, nor yet Rivard, and that the book may have been the work of a young Jesuit who had literary and philosophical aspirations, who was in trouble in 1762 and whom Diderot was willing to assist so long as the matter remained a secret. (…) It shows the diversity of origins of modern ideas of the public schools" (Palmer). A good copy. Cf. Palmer, "A Mystery Explored: The "De l'education publique" attributed to Denis Diderot" in: "The Journal of Modern History" Vol. 57, No. 1 (Mar., 1985), pp. 1-23.
Bookseller: Llibreria Antiquària Comellas [Spain]
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