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DE BROSSES, CHARLES: - Traité de la formation méchanique des langues et des principes physiques de l'étymologie. Two volumes. Paris, chez Terrelonge, An ix R.F. (1799).

12mo. Pp. lii, 20, 452, (2); ii, 498, (2). Free front endpaper missing. With 9 tables (of which 3 folding) with species of different alphabets, numerals, voals, etc. Contemporary boards, handwritten title labels on spines. Front cover of volume one worn with dampstain. First leaves of volume one with slight waterstaining. Second edition (first 1765). Charles de Brosses was the first in a scientific way to study the origins of languages starting from basic sounds and their distribution throughout different languages. He was inspired by Rousseau's "Traite de la formation mechanique des langues". Guy Harnois: "Les théories du language en France de 1660 à 1821", pp. 53 - 57. Cioranescu 14170. Poggendorff i,308.
EUR 750.00 [Appr.: US$ 847.19 | £UK 657.25 | JP¥ 93589] Book number 22048

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