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Relation du Voyage de l'Isle d'Eutopie....
Delft: Henry van Rhin, 1711. Duodecimo, speckled calf, worn at extremities, spine chipped with some loss at head, joints starting; internally quite good. First edition: a theocratic republic on a South American Island.The author of this utopia remains unknown, but the preface is signed E.R.V.F.L. A fertile island with the capital Macarie had been sliding into corruption and godlessness until society was 'gradually reformed by men's reasoning their way to discover the best procedures' (Gibson). The society they create shares many of its basic tenets with Plato's Republic, most obviously the fact that children are taught and shared communally to avoid the excessive indulgence of parents. All of the people are descendants of the marriage between a French merchant and his wife Marie, who had ten children. The comparison is made with the tribes of Israel: 'Comme le peuple juif descendoit d'un seul Abraham, les Eutopiens descendent tous d'un seul homme.'Meant as a direct comment on the state of European society, the work avers that the piety and strict religion of the Island provide a good and practical example....
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