Madrid: Por Don Antonio de Sancha, 1774. First edition of the general index to the works of Father Benito Jerónimo Feijoo Montenegro (1675-1764), called the Spanish Addison, and to the additional published works of Father Martin Sarmiento (1659-1772), the Benedictine scholar and private librarian who assisted Feijóo in the writing of his books. Feijóo, author of Teatro critico (1726-1739) and Cartas erudias (1742-1760), attacked the ignorance and superstition of his countrymen. Though the immediate response to Feijóo’s work was outrage, his services to the cause of knowledge were ultimately honored in his lifetime. Woodcut title-page vignette. Former owner’s small embossed stamp on title-page. Front free endpaper a little worn. Generally a near fine copy. Contemporary tree calf, gilt spine with red morocco label. Small quarto. [xviii], 248 pp. Item #13291
Palau 300594. Rodriguez-Monino, Antonio de Sancha, 80.