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Dulaure, Jacques-Antoine. Des cultes qui ont précédé et amené l'idolatrie ou l'adoration des figures humaines. Paris: L'Imprimerie de Fournier Frères, 1805. 8vo (20.4 cm, 8"). , viii, 511 (i.e., 510) pp. $325.00
First edition of this study of the three major ancient cults as identified by the author ("des Fétiches, des Astres, et des Héros ou des Morts") and their connected rites, customs, and symbolism. Dulaure (1755–1835) was an archaeologist, historian, and politician whose wide-ranging published works included Revolutionary political writings, a study of phallus worship, and a proto-science fiction story about a trip to the moon. The present work offers commentary on the pyramids, the zodiac, cults of Mercury and Venus, etc.
Binding: Contemporary calf. Covers framed in gilt roll and fillet; spine with gilt-stamped black leather title-label, compartments defined by multiple rules, and five different gilt-stamped compartment decorations, all harmonizing; quite elegant.
Caillet, I, 3344. Bound as above, worn overall; front cover with burn mark to lower edge, spine label chipped, joints and extremities rubbed. First few leaves and a few others with waterstaining to outer margins; occasionally a spot of soil or ash-burn; a handful of pages with pencilled underlining, bracketing, or marks of emphasis. => A solid, very readable copy of an unusual and interesting treatise. (40406) Please RESHELVE This.
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