Paris: Chez l'Auteur; Barrois, l'Ainé; Eberhart, 1815-16. First edition Ex-Library. Hardcover. Quarto. xlviii, 197, 138, 345 (2)pp. Bound in three-quarter black leather over marbled boards with giltlettering on spine; raised bands. Speckeled edges. Two volumes bound in one, retaining both title pages, containing: an introductive dissertation on the origin of speech, the study of languages that can lead to it, and the goal that the author has set; a Hebrew grammar, considered under new principles, and made useful for the study of languages in general; a series of Hebrew roots, considered in new ways, and intended to facilitate the understanding of language, and that of etymological science; a preliminary discourse; and a French translation of the first ten chapters of the Sepher, containing the cosmogony of Moses.
This is the author's best known work and comprises his research on the Hebrew language. Fabre d'Olivet claims to have found the true meaning and origin of the Hebrew language, he examines the historic course of the Hebrew people and details their linguistic development from the Exodus into the diaspora, following the conquest of Jerusalem. The author believes that the spiritual source of the Hebrew language has been lost after the Exodus, but was retained by the Essenes, who transmitted an oral comprehension of Hebrew roots. Text in French and with Hebrew examples. Some wear of binding, light scuffing of upper leather corners and marbled paper, rubbed. Lightly starting on inside covers. Library plate on inside front cover, stamp on front free endpaper and title page. Very light, sporadic foxing. Very good condition. Item #47392