Candide or Optimism. – Voltaire, Francois.

Voltaire, Francois.


Publisher: Illustrated by Sylvain Sauvage. The Nonesuch Press London 1939
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8vo, XXX, 147pp. Hardcover in patterned boards with dark brown spine in good condition though with rubbed edges and some shelf wear with early hinging after the ffep and no slipcase included, text in very good condition with no prior owner notations present or any damage to the beautiful illustrations. Translated from the French by Richard Aldington, this is a handsome and still sound volume of Voltaire’s most famous satirical work being a savage denunciation of metaphysical optimism , as espoused by a famous German philosopher of the time.