A Paris, Libraire, 1824.
3 small duodecimo volumes.
Full period sheepskin binding. Smooth spine. With some wear marks on the corner, headcaps and joints. Foxing. Marbled edges.
Portrait in frontispiece.
Les Caractères is a work of the peripatetic philosopher Theophrastus, ethopia written probably in -319. This book on manners brings together philosophy, science and morality; it has been imitated many times over the centuries as a lucid and amused look at the vices and flaws of humanity.
Plato recalls in the Laws what “caractère” is in the etymological sense, that is, the mark of slaves: “ lorsqu’on aura pris un homme en train de piller un temple, on lui mettra sur le visage et sur les mains la marque de son crime”. It is easy to see why each portrait of Theophrastus is that of a defect.
La Bruyère was one of the first writers to highlight the literary style, developing a rhythmic phrase in which the effects of breaking predominates. This style encourages reading aloud, thus giving the status of moral judgment with the rhetorical effect achieved by oral reading on listeners to this activity. La Bruyère devotes a whole section of characters to the perverse effects of eloquence. Many writers followed the stylistic path traced by La Bruyère including Marivaux, Proust, André Gide and Balzac.
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- Filozofie, Sociologie
- Autor/ Ilustrator
- Bruyères / Théophraste
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- Les caractères de la Bruyère suivis des caracteres de Theophraste traduits du grec par le Meme
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