Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Sur Moses Mendelssohn, sur la Reforme politique des Juifs: et en particulier sur la Révolution tentée en leur faveur en 1753 dans la Grande Bretagne.  comte de Mirabeau, Gabriel-Honoré de Riquetti.
Sur Moses Mendelssohn, sur la Reforme politique des Juifs: et en particulier sur la Révolution tentée en leur faveur en 1753 dans la Grande Bretagne
Sur Moses Mendelssohn, sur la Reforme politique des Juifs: et en particulier sur la Révolution tentée en leur faveur en 1753 dans la Grande Bretagne

Sur Moses Mendelssohn, sur la Reforme politique des Juifs: et en particulier sur la Révolution tentée en leur faveur en 1753 dans la Grande Bretagne

A Londres [i.e., Strasbourg?]: [N.p.], 1787. First edition. Two parts, octavo. [68],130pp. Cancel title page. Contemporary tree calf; gilt spine in compartments, morocco lettering piece; marbled endleaves; silk ribbon marker. Light soiling at title and a few leaves, occasional mild foxing. A very good copy, handsomely bound.

First edition of this polemical work by the celebrated French statesman and political writer Gabriel-Honoré Riquetti, comte de Mirabeau (1749-1791). Here he argues "that the degradation of the Jews was due to the squalid conditions in which they were being compelled to live. It was chiefly based on what he had seen in Germany where, among other developments, he witnessed part of the Pantheismusstreit, the public controversy over Lessing’s Spinozism which erupted in the 1780s and in which Mirabeau firmly took the side of the deceased Lessing and the Spinozistes” (Israel, Radical Enlightenment, 716). Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) was considered the greatest Jewish philosopher of his time. Mirabeau devotes much of the present work to the public arguments of the Pantheismusstreit in which Mendelssohn was challenged either to demonstrate the fallibility of Christian dogma or to convert to Christianity. With a bio-bibiography of Mendelssohn and an account of the Naturalization Act of 1753 in England, which gave full civil rights to Jews, but was revised soon after. Bamberger 584. Cioranescu 45331. ESTC T-83507. Meyer, Moses Mendelssohn Bibliographie, 733. Item #48852

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