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[BOISSEL, François (1728-1807)]
Le catechisme du genre humain, que, sous les auspices de la nature & de son véritable auteur, qui me l'ont dicté, je mets sous les yeux & la protection de la nation françoise & de l'Europe éclairée, pour l'établissement essentiel & indispensable du véritable ordre moral, & de l'éducation sociale des hommes, dans la connoissance, la pratique, l'amour & l'habitude des principes & des moyens de se rendre & de se conserver heureux les uns par les autres.
[No place, no publisher] 1789.
206p. With on the verso of the title errata and a notice that this book was ready to be printed 'two months before the miraculous & for ever memorable day of the assault of the Bastille'. Uncut in fine recent calf-backed marbled boards, gilt back.
1250

First edition. A violent rejection of the existing social order in which the author holds that the three basic principles of present society: property, marriage and religion, violate the rights of nature. In the form of a catechism he argues for the restauration of the natural order by means of education, aiming at the equality of men and the community of goods. He thus holds pre-communist views much resembling those of Babeuf. A second edition of this appeared in 1792.
*Martin & Walter I,3846. Monglond I,c.313. INED 578. Not in Kress, Goldsmiths' or Einaudi. Lichtenberger p.52.


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