[LA BELLONIE (François-Étienne Falconnet de)].

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[LA BELLONIE (François-Étienne Falconnet de)].
Psycantropy, or the New Theory of Man. Spectacle of Spirits. - Spectacles of Characters. - Spectacles des Vertus. Avignon, Louis Chambeau, 1748. 3 volumes in one in-12, blond calf, cold fillet, ornate spine (period binding). First edition of this singular and interesting work dealing with the character of men and women, vices and virtues, the mind, psychology, morals, etc. Two chapters arouse the curiosity of the reader. Two chapters are of particular interest: the Problème fisico-moral résolu algébriquement, and the Carte géographique de l'esprit humain. Born in Vichy in 1720, Falconnet de La Bellonie, a former Jesuit, founded the town's first newspaper in Carpentras, and was the protégé of Cardinal d'Iguimbert, the Provençal town's famous collector, to whom he dedicated his book. He died of an illness in 1750. An attractive copy, handsomely bound in 18th-century blond calf. Notebooks G and F inverted in volume I.
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