Amsterdam: Arkstee & Merkus, 1759. hardcover. 2 vols., small 8vo, full contemporary calf; leather spine labels. (spines rubbed & chipped at the extremes; hinges weak). Amsterdam & Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1759. Very good. very good.
Early edition of the most important work of the renowned Encyclopedist, in which he championed hedonism & self interest. The work was condemned by the Sorbonne, and publicly burned in Paris in 1759, the year following the first edition. 18th century bookplate of Cornelius Heathcote Reaston Rodes in each volume, as well as 20th century book labels of art historian Meyer Schapiro.