Voltaire / Moreau le Jeune - Œuvres Complètes [Théâtre. Dictionnaire philosophique. Physique Newton, Henriade...] - 1784/1789
Rare copy of the Basle reprint of the famous edition of Kehl given by Beaumarchais.
Edition also in 70 volumes published in the same years from 1784 to 1789, which according to Brunet would be expanded with about sixty letters. - Brunet, V, 1355.
This copy includes 64 volumes out of the 70, missing the volumes (11 (La Pucelle), 35, 44, 62, 64 and 69).
Adorned with a number of engravings illustrating the Kehl edition (found only in luxury copies on prime paper)
Includes 73 engravings, many of them by Moreau the Younger: for the theatre; 10 for La Henriade; for Tales in Verse; for the novels; some portraits (missing Voltaire from volume 1) & 14/14 scientific plates for Newton's physics and several portraits. (The Kehl edition includes 125 pl.).
Monumental and decorative set, covered with a pretty binding of the time in full speckled calfskin, smooth spine decorated with two leather labels (Lavallière and green) mosaics, and a decoration in the centre with compartment, a gilded crown and lyre, triple fillets in ink on the covers, marbled edges and endpapers.
A lovely copy in uniform period bindings. In fairly good condition. Sound and decorative bindings, the leather has some spots of friction from use, some missing caps and blunt corners. Some spines a little cracked or / and darkened. Very fresh and clean inside despite some foxing and a few browned sheets. Very rare slight traces of damp stains: volumes 1, 4, 12, 24, 21, 25 in the angle without affecting the text and volume 24 with text affected (nothing serious). Printed on laid paper.
On this edition Graese teaches us: Reprint of the Kehl edition, 1784-89 (by Beaumarchais), the most complete and orderly that would have been published until then of Voltaire's works: it gave for the first time the voluminous correspondence of the author, as well as several plays and other curious theater plays that had remained unpublished.
TITLE: Œuvres complètes [70 volumes)
EDITION: Basle de l' Imprimerie de Jean-Jaques Tourneisen, 1784-178
8vo (20 x13 cm); 400 to 500 pages per volume
The Kehl edition saw the light of day in 1777, when Panckoucke visited Ferney and obtained permission from Voltaire (who worked alongside him for two years before his death). Panckoucke, whose political and logistical resources were insufficient, handed the rights over to Beaumarchais, who used considerable means: purchase of the Baskerville typefaces, setting up of subscriptions and a lottery, annexation of the fort of Kehl (rented for twenty years for the occasion!), purchase of a dozen or so printing presses... The publication of this great work bankrupted Beaumarchais, who nevertheless wrote: "Europe will be satisfied and I have lost 600,000 livres [...] over the last five years. I had the audacious
courage to keep my word to Europe.”
70/70 volumes, 125 etchings (including the map in volume 24):
Contents of the 70 volumes: "Thatre (9 vol) - La Henriade - La Pucelle - Pomes - Epitres - Contes en vers - Lettres en vers et en prose - Essai sur les moeurs et l'esprit des nations (4 vol) - Le sicle de Louis XIV (2 vol) - Prcis du sicle de Louis XV - Histoire de Charles XII - Histoire de lEmpire de Russie sous Pierre le Grand - Annales de l'Empire - Histoire du Parlement de Paris - Mlanges historiques (2 vol) - Politique et lgislation (2vol) - Philosophie de Newton - Philosophie gnrale (4 vol) - Dialogues - Dictionnaire philosophique (7 vol) - Romans (2 vol) - Facties - Mlanges littraires (3 vol) - Commentaires sur Corneille (2 vol) - Correspondence du Roi de Prusse (3 volumes) - Correspondence de l'Impratrice de Russie - Correspondence gnrale (13 vol) - Correspondence de D'Alembert (2 vol)