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RAYNAL, Guillaume Thomas.

Histoire philosophique et politique des établissemens et du commerce des européens dans les deux Indes.

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Geneva, Jean Leonard Pellet, 1780

Best edition. Published at Geneva by Pellet in 1780 in two formats, the superior in quarto – as here – the other in ten volumes octavo, this is the definitive version of the text, including for the first time extensive contributions by Diderot and other philosophes.

The present 1780 Geneva edition 'is of special importance to the student of both Raynal and Denis Diderot, because of the number and interest of Diderot's contributions to what became (without acknowledgement) a very collaborative work . . . . Raynal, and those he enlisted to help him, produced a history of the post-medieval world as they saw it. Of the great technological breakthroughs which had ended the feudal and papal era, the compass and gunpowder had combined to generate a world-system held together by oceanic commerce in European hands. To Enlightened historians without exception – indeed by definition – the advent of a commerce-generating

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5 volumes, 4to (26 x 19.5 cm), comprising the text in 4 volumes, pp. xvi, 741, [1](errata); [iv], viii, 485, [1](errata); xv, [i](blank), 629, [1](errata); [iv], viii, 770, [1](errata), [1](blank), with a portrait and four plates, half-titles present, small flaw in a few lower margins of vol. IV; and an atlas, pp. [iv], 28, with 50 maps and 23 tables, half-title inlaid by binder; contemporary calf, spines gilt, some light wear, slight cracks in joints, but an excellent set.


Einaudi 4648; Sabin 68081. This edition not in Goldsmiths or Kress.

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