Publisher: London: Printed for C. Davis and A. Lyon, 1733.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Cf. Bengeso 1558; Sabin 100751 (noting Voltaire's letters on William Penn and the Pennsylvania Quakers).
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 27422
Description8vo, contemporary paneled calf rebacked with a new spine and raised bands.
CommentsThe first appearance of an early and important prose work by Voltaire, a series of epistlotary observations comparing British and French society, culture, science and philosophy. Written when he was living in England (1727-28), Voltaire's opinions shed a favorable light on British institutions and individuals, including Sir Isaac Newton. Voltaire tells an early version of the apple falling from the tree story that inspired Newton's theory of gravity. When Letters was published on the continent as Lettres Philosophiques (1734), it was condemned by French authorities and precipitated one of Voltaire's many conflicts with the crown.