Friday, December 14, 2012

If I had a couple of thousand euros, I’d buy myself…

Photo: Piasa.

The Parisian auction house Piasa will soon be auctioning off a manuscript copy of Denis Diderot’s Pensées philosophiques.  What’s so cool about it?  Its title page includes the curious mention “copié / à Québec / au dépenz de la compagnie / 1750” (copied at Quebec at the expense of the Company, 1750).  

With a bit (a lot?) of digging in select inventaires après-décès and other extant library catalogues it might very well be possible to identify who, precisely, was reading this at Quebec in the 1750s.


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