A Philosophical Dictionary; from the French of M. de Voltaire With Additional Notes, Both Critical and Argumentative.
Place Published: Boston
Publisher: J.P. Mendum
Date Published: 1881
Book Id: 38413
American Stereotype Edition. Two volumes in one. LII; 408; 416 pp. Octavo [25 cm]; full leather with black label gilt stamped on spine. Joints cracking, head of spine is bumped with a small tear and tiny loss. Previous owner signature and small bookseller stamp on front fly leaf. Nice frontispiece engravings precede each title page with tissue guards intact. Complete, tight binding and clean text.
Voltaire's famous encyclopedic philosophical dictionary was first published in a single volume in 1764. Later editions were expanded to two volumes, nearly doubling the amount of articles. Entries are arranged alphabetically, touching on many varied themes and ideas while being generally critical of the Catholic Church.