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PICART, Bernard (artist).

Histoire générale des cérémonies, moeurs, et coutumes religieuses de tous les Peuples du Monde.

Représentees en 243. figures dessinées de la main de Bernard Picard: avec des explications historiques, & curieuses; par M. l'Abbé Banier [...] & par M. l'Abbé Le Mascrier.

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Paris, Rollin Fils, 1741

Fine, fresh example, attractively bound, of the most elaborate history of world religion published up to that time, profusely illustrated with more than 300 engravings.

Picart 'earned a place in the history of Jewish art by his realistic portrayal of Jewish religious rites. These constitute an invaluable record of Dutch Jewry in the early eighteenth century... [He] sought out Jews in the synagogue and in their homes in order to acquaint himself with their ceremonies. In his picture of a Passover celebration the artist himself can be seen, hatless, participating in a meal.' (Ency. Judaica, 13, 498). Other volumes cover Islam, the Americas, the Quakers and Hinduism in detail.

Despite condemnation from the Catholic church, the publication of this work was a resounding success. 'Ceremonies and customs prepared the ground for religious toleration amid seemingly unending religious conflict, and demonstrated the impact of the global on Western consciousness [...] as it shaped

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7 vols, folio (27 x 40 cm). Engraved frontispiece complete with 232 engraved plates including 32 folding, and 95 engravings in text, including head and tail pieces by Gravelot, titles printed in red and black with a repeated engraved vignette by Cochin; outer margin of 3 leaves in vol. 2 sometime reinforced. Contemporary calf, spines with raised bands gilt in compartments, red and orange morocco labels lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, red egdes; neat restoration to joints and head and foot of spines.


Brunet I, 1743; Sabin 4931; Cf. L. Hunt, The Book that Changed Europe: Picart & Bernard's Religious Ceremonies of the World (Harvard UP, 2010).

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