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Felice, Fortune-Barthelemy De."
Encyclopedie, ou dictionnaire universel raisonne des connoissances humaines. Yverdon, Fortune-Barthelemy de Felice, 1770-1780. 58 volumes (42 text, 6 supplement and 10 plates volumes). 4to. With 1264 engraved plates (numbered 1410 by the publisher). Contemporary uniform sprinkled tanned sheepskin, spine with gold fillets."
1723. First and only early edition of the complete 58-volume Yverdon Encyclopedie, Protestant Switzerland's answer to Diderot's irreligious Encyclopedie, edited and published by Fortune-Barthelemy Felice (1723-1789). Felice choose not to just reissue Diderot's monumental encyclopaedia, but to improve it by purging Diderot's subversive input, making numerous improvements and adding new entries with the help of Leonhard Euler, Charles Francois Dupuis, Jerome Lalande, Albrecht von Haller and others. With these alterations it got a much broader European scope than Diderot's Franco-centric encyclopaedia. Old manuscript shelf marks on the spines of the bindings. The leather of the binding has browned the edges of the endpapers. With only an occasional waterstain in a couple of volumes, otherwise in very good condition and with the plates in very crisp impressions. A few of the spine-labels slightly faded and some occasional minor rubbing to the bindings. A remarkable monument to scholarship, partly based on Diderot and partly new.l Darnton, The business of Enlightenment (1979), pp. 19-21; Delon, Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (2001), pp. 442-443."
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