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[DELISLE DE SALE, JEAN-BAPTISTE-CLAUDE]: - Histoire d'Assyrie, ou histoire des monarchies de Ninive, de Babylone, et d'Ecbatane. Two volumes. Paris, avec approbation & privilegie de Roi, 1780.

. Pp. xlviii, 332, (4); 300. Text within woodcut border. With one folding engraved map, four folding engraved plates and two folding engraved tables. Contemporary full calf, gilt spines with five raised bands, worn, hinges weak, spine ends chipped, marbled endpapers and edges. Rare first edition. Delisle de Sale (1741-1816) was a controversial French philosopher renowned for his "De la philosophie de la nature". Interesting work on the Assyrian empire with attractive engravings of Babylon and the Kaaba in Mecca. The two large tables are titled: "Chronologie des souverains de Ninive, de Babylone et d'Ecbatane" and " Tableau des variations entre les anciens historiens ... de l'Assyrie, depuis Ninus jusqu'à la Mort d'Astiage". A second edition was published in 1782 with a slightly different title ("Histoire de l'empire Assyrien"). Barbier i, 655.
EUR 1800.00 [Appr.: US$ 1918.23 | £UK 1539.25 | JP¥ 295096] Book number 100511

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