The Friends of Voltaire.
[Voltaire, François Marie Arouet de]. Tallentyre, S.G.

London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1906. First edition. Ten portrait plates. Extra-illustrated with forty-five additional portraits, mostly engraved (two hadn-colored) and from the eighteenth and early nineteenth century; subjects include Descartes, Franklin, Louis XVI, Catherine the Great, Rousseau, Beaumarchais, Euler, Pascal, et al. Also with one leaf of manuscript by Voltaire laid in. Back board rubbed in one spot, otherwise a fine, clean copy in morocco-tipped slipcase. Half brown morocco over marbled boards, spine decoratively tooled in gilt and blind, with firve raised bands. Top edge gilt. Octavo. x, 301, [4, ads] pp. (Item ID: 11168)


The manuscript page is part of a letter and is dated in a different hand, "5 fevr. 1749." Voltaire offers to send a third party, whom he characterizes as a fine citizen and a great thinker, his last copy of one of his works, a copy he was using to produce a new edition. We do not know which of his works is referred to in the letter, but it is interesting to speculate.

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