ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES OF THE BELLES LETTRES...With Reflections on Public Exhibitions. Translated from the French by the Late Mr. Sloper Foreman
Edition: First edition in English
London: F. Newberry, 1766. 12mo. pp (x), (253). Contemporary calf, modern rebacking in period style with raised bands, label. Old sides a bit worn, label removed from front pastedown; else a VG clean and tight copy. Last page mis-numbered 229. Examples mainly from French and Latin authors. Includes sections on characters, diplomatics, heraldry, cryptography, libraries, printing, voyages & travels, geography & chronology, allegorical travels, criticism, grammar, and ("Reflections") on the morality of the stage. Formey, whose father was a Huguenot refugee, was a philosopher, theologian, journalist, and historian born in Berlin. He exchanged polemics with Voltaire and Diderot, popularized the philosophy of Christian Wolff and Rousseau in Germany, and was wasSecretary of the Royal Academy in Berlin and one of the pillars of the French language and culture in that city at the time. A scarce book. Neither OCLC, BN, or COPC locate a French edition earlier than the Amsterdam, 1763, new & enlarged edition. ESTC T114699.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover