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Titre : Emile ou De l'éducation
Éditeur : The Hague Chez Jean Néaulme
Date d'édition : 1762
Reliure : Hardcover
Edition : 1st Edition
Rousseau’s Seminal Work On Education. ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques. Emile ou De l'éducation. The Hague [i.e. Paris]: Chez Jean Néaulme, 1762. First edition, octavo issue (priority still subject to discussion). Four octavo volumes (7 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches). , viii, , 466, [4, "Privilegie"], [1, errata], [1, blank]; , 407, [1, blank]; , 357, [1, blank], -384; , 455, [1, blank] pp. Bound without the half-title in Volume I, but with them present in Vols. II-IV (as called for). Blank leaf Z4 excised in Volume III? Five engraved plates (including frontispiece in each volume) by De Longueil, Louis le Grand, and J.J. Pasquier, after Ch. Eisen. Titles printed in red and black. Contemporary French mottled calf. Spines decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments with red morocco gilt lettering labels, board edges ruled in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Early marginal paper repair to frontispiece in Volume I. Repair to rear pastedown of second volume. Housed in a brown cloth slipcase. A near fine copy with large page measurements and crisp copy. A first edition of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s (1712-1778) seminal work on education. While Jean Néaulme of Amsterdam is given as the printer, it was, in actuality, printed by Parisian printer and publisher Nicolas Bonaventure Duchesne. When this work was published in the spring of 1762, it was banned by the Paris parliament and burned in public in Rousseau’s home town of Geneva and in Paris, forcing Rousseau to flee. This title was referred to by Goethe as "the natural gospel of education" and had great influence on Rousseau’s European contemporaries, especially educators. Despite the controversy, Émile contributed mightily to the Romantics appreciation of nature and to the notion of the "noble savage." "To be good is to exist in accordance with the intrinsic potentialities of one’s nature, and Émile seeks to trace the natural development of a human being brought up in the country away from the nefarious influence of contemporary social life. From this point of view the work is not just a manual of education but, as Rousseau himself points out, a philosophical treatise on the goodness of human nature. It is less concerned with laying down the practical details of a specific pedagogic method than with describing the fundamental principles which underlie the whole of man’s development from infancy to maturity. Rousseau’s ultimate object is to teach the art of living, for man’s first duty, he says, is to be human" (The Encyclopedia of Philosophy). McEachern 1b. Dufour 187. Printing and the Mind of Man 207 note (entry for the Du contract social). HBS 65295. $7,500. N° de réf. du libraire 65295
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