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Comte de Mirabeau (Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau)
Sur Moses Mendelssohn, Sur la Réforme Politique des Juifs: Et en particulier sur la Révolution Tentée en Leur Faveur en 1753 dans la Grande Bretagne (On Moses Mendelssohn, the political reform of the Jews: and in particular the revolution attempted on their behalf in 1753 in Great Britain)
NP, London, 1787. Octavo. [68], 130pp. Original spotted calf with gold lettering and tooling on spine. Marbled endpapers and paper edges. Decorative head- and tailpieces. Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749-1791) was a leader of the early stages of the French revolution. A noble, before 1789 Mirabeau was involved in numerous scandals that left his reputation in ruins. However during the early years (1789-91) of the French Revolution he rose to the top and became the voice of the people. A successful orator, he was the leader of the moderate position, favoring a constitutional monarchy built on the model of Great Britain. Mirabeau became interested in the Jewish question during his visits to Holland in 1776, England in 1784, and Prussia in 1786. Influenced by the enlightened members of the Jewish communities in the capitals of these three countries, he was particularly attracted by the image of Moses Mendelssohn.* In "Sur Moses Mendelssohn, sur la réforme politique des Juifs," a book resulting from the author's journey, Mirabeau argued that the faults of the Jews were those of their circumstances. Although his main reason for admiring Mendelssohn was that 'humanity and truth' seemed much clearer to him than 'the dark phantoms of the Talmudists', he did not consider Judaism an immoral faith, and he defended it against attacks both old and new. In the course of his argument, he repeated Christian Wilhelm von Dohm**'s assertion that 'the Jew is more of a man than he is a Jew'. Quoting from Turgot and Rousseau in support of his pro-Jewish arguments, Mirabeau affirms … [Click Below for Full Description]
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