Lettres persanes

Par: Anounyme

HARVARD COLLEGE LI3BARY FROM THE LIB3ARY OF PAUL H. KELSEYJULY 2, 1936Copyright f 1914by Oxford University Pressamerican branchPRELIMINARY NOTECONCERNING THIS EDITIONThe text of the Lettres persanes hre adopted is that of the dition critique by M. H.Barckhausen (Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1897, in-folio). This is the text of the FirstEdition the best, according to Montesquieu himself improved with theCorrections pre-pared by the author and preserved in manuscript at La Brde.Some Letters or parts of Letters, however, hve been omitted in this dition, forreasons that will appear obvious to ail those who are familiar with this early work ofMontesquieu (see Introduction, pp. xix-xx). It seemed indeed a matter of great regretthat such an important work as the Lettres persanes, so eminently reprsentative ofeighteenth-century thought in France, should not be more widely studied to-day,merely be-cause modra taste condemns a part which is the most insignificant as wellas the most insipid in...