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Voyage Philosophique au Japon, ou Conférences Anglo-Franco-Bataves
Pressure" (Paris?): Dans les Jardins de M. l'Ebahi, 1788. Octavo, half-title, woodcut vignette of a ship setting sail at start of text; a good copy in neat modern quarter calf. A visit to Japan. First edition: a very scarce anonymous imaginary voyage and a satirical commentary on French politics and society which has decadent Europeans (led by Monsieur l'Ebahi "Mister Flabbergasted") discussing the government and people of Japan. The preface makes it clear that this is not to be regarded as excessively serious. Having studied works as diverse as Xerxes, Leucippe, the ancient priests of Egypt and the Gymnosophists of India, the author decides that the greatest philosopher is Democritus, and that the only useful skill to be acquired is to be unfailingly amused by the foibles of mankind. This position is confirmed in his conference with the Englishman "Thincker" and the Dutchman from Batavia "Wurtzheim." Throughout the mores of Japan and Asia are used as a thin veil through which to satirise French society just before the Revolution. This is a rather scarce work indeed, with just a handful of copies recorded in Britain and Europe.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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