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LE ROI GUIOT. HISTOIRE NOUVELLE,TIREE D’UN VIEUX MANUSCRIT POUDREUX ET VERMOULU BY JEAN VESQUE DE PUTTELANGE

Publication Date: 1791

Only Edition, Rare. ""Once upon a time there was a king'". This most classic of openings ushers in the story of a realm which the author immediately likens to Plato's Atlantis, and which he conjures, he writes, from " within my four walls of an evening, free to reflect on the vanities of the world, and to think of the happiness that my nation once enjoyed..."."
"This fable-like utopian books tells the story of a fictitious King Guiot who, spoil from birth by a fanciful and damaging education, nullifies the enlightened reforms of his predecessors. A journey in incognito to a neighboring, wisely administered realm brings Guiot in touch with a different, possible reality, bu too late; his own people, [tried] of of despotism and bureaucracy, rebel. And rightly so, interjects the author: "The moment a government forgets what is owes its people, the people are entitled to refuse their obedience, which is only die to just laws." King Guiot dies, and his people, ruled instead by a philosopher-king, prosper as "one of the most enlightened nations of the world"." #1343

 

 

 

 

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