Amsterdam: Chez les héritiers de M.-M. Rey (1784). 136pp.
The first appearance of this highly controversial memoir about Voltaire's complicated relationship with the eccentric Frederick the Great. The book's scandalous revelations about Frederick's homosexuality caused an immediate uproar and the book was banned in France. Despite the fact that Voltaire had died in 1778, there is considerable evidence that Voltaire had intended for the book to be published in his lifetime. See Lee, An American Voltaire- Essays @ 240-243.
Very good in lightly worn 3/4 morocco boards, marbled endpapers, booksellers ticket on front paste down, silk marker. Quite rare.