Jean- Jacques Rousseau and His World by Sir Gavin De Beer


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Thames & Hudson, 1972. First Edition. Minor wear to jacket. 

'Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic and educational thought.

This is a pictorial biography of Jean-Jacques Rousseau that analyses his main works as well as detailing his wanderings & his relations with contemporaries including Voltaire, Hume & other of the Encyclopaedists. Heavily illustrated with black & white reproductions throughout. Chronology, select bibliography, notes on the pictures, indexed.

Sir Gavin Rylands de Beer FRS (1899–1972) was a British evolutionary embryologist. He was Director of the British Museum (Natural History), President of the Linnean Society & received the Royal Society's Darwin Medal for his studies on evolution.'