VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de, (1694-1778). Zadig, or the Book of Fate. An Original History translated from the French... London: John Brindley, 1749.
VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de, (1694-1778). Zadig, or the Book of Fate. An Original History translated from the French... London: John Brindley, 1749.

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VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de, (1694-1778). Zadig, or the Book of Fate. An Original History translated from the French... London: John Brindley, 1749.

8o. Engraved frontispiece (outer margin shaved). Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked, minor wear to edges). Cloth folding case. Provenance: Wm. Wooldridge (bookplate and ownership inscription dated 1764).

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH first published in 1747 under the title of Memmon, histoire orientale. "The mighty blow, paving the way for modern ratiocination, was struck by Voltaire in Chapter III of his Zadig" (Queen's Quorum p.5). A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone; Penzler Incunabular Detective Fiction 1C.
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