Philosophical Dissertations on the Egyptians and Chinese. Cornelius DE PAUW, Capt. J. THOMSON.
Philosophical Dissertations on the Egyptians and Chinese.

Philosophical Dissertations on the Egyptians and Chinese.

London: Printed by T. Chapman for J. Edwards, 1795. [Ethnography] FIRST EDITION. Complete in two volumes. Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.xxiv; 339 [3]; pp.[6] 320 [2]. With the folding map of Egypt to volume I and the folding map of China to volume II. Recently bound in brown half calf, in period style, with gilt titles to green labels, and gilt ruling to spines. Marbled paper over boards, and all edges speckled grey. A crisp, clean example of the text, with light occasional pencil underlining. One very small tear to the join of the Egyptian map, slightly misfolded, and one very large (10cm) tear to the join of the Chinese map (often not present at all), also misfolded. Supplied endpapers, with heavy offsetting to first and final leaves of each volume. Spines sunned. Very good. A series of paired investigations into the Art, Architecture, Religion, Government, Diet, Science, and Population of Egypt and China, across recorded history. An astute sceptic, De Pauw explodes a number of mysteries and erroneous theories, noting that the religion of Ancient Egypt was too varied to classify as a single religion at all, and concluding the binding of women's feet in China was simply a Patriarchal conspiracy, rather than a delicate custom of great antiquity. Item #60719

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