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SUL(L)IVAN, Richard Joseph
A view of nature, in letters to a traveller among the alps. With reflections on atheistical philosophy, now exemplified in France.
London: T Becket, 1794. Six vols, 8vo, complete with the errata leaf in each volume and the half-titles as required in vols. I and VI, one leaf in vol.I with closed tear (no loss), a few gatherings a bit foxed, a couple of leaves soiled, contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, spines with raised bands, gilt lines and green labels, foot of two volumes worn with loss of leather, entirely uncut. A very good, complete, set. First edition: very scarce indeed. An extraordinary gathering of essays ('letters') on almost everything imaginable stimulated by the dramatic environment of Switzerland where 'philosophy and liberty seem indigenous to the soil' (Letter I). The author explains that 'the following letters were begun in France, in the year 1789, and were continued from that country, from Italy, from Germany, and from England, through the years 1790 and 1791. Their principal object was, to expose the fallacy of the atheistical philosophy, and to show how little support its advocates could derive, either from physics, when well understood, or from metaphysics, when cleared of extravagancy.' Richard Joseph Sullivan (1752-1806) wrote also several other travel-inspired works. These included, Philosophical rhapsodies> (3 vols. 1784-5), Observations made during a tour through parts of England, Scotland, and Wales> (1780), and Thoughts on the early ages of the Irish nation and history> (1789). His View of Nature> was translated into German by E B G Hevenstreit, 4 vols, Leipzig, 1795-1800. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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