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The Voltaire Foundation has a wealth of books in the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC) series that explore the diverse aspects of Rousseau’s legacy, as well as Leigh’s celebrated Correspondance complète de Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Voltaire’s marginalia on Rousseau have been published in the Corpus des notes marginales. Our catalogue has a complete listing of our publications.


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Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment
(previously SVEC)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and botany: the salutary science

Alexandra Cook

Front cover of SVEC volume In this richly illustrated study, supported by inventories of Rousseau’s botanical library, correspondents and herbaria, Alexandra Cook provides an unprecedented insight into the philosophe’s study and practice of botany. Not simply an intellectual pursuit, it became part of his physical and psychological self-discipline, a precursor to today’s ‘environmental therapy’.

Full list of SVEC books dedicated to Rousseau (pdf*).

Complete Works of Voltaire

Volume 143: Corpus des notes marginales (8): Rollin – Sommier

Ed. Natalia Elaguina et al.

The Corpus des notes marginales de Voltaire reprints Voltaire’s marginal annotation and markings, in the alphabetical sequence of the books in his library. Of particular interest in volume 8 are the annotations on Rousseau.


Correspondance complète de Rousseau

Ralph Leigh’s masterly French edition of Rousseau’s correspondence provides essential information about one of the most important figures of the eighteenth century. It is the only edition to contain not only Rousseau’s own letters, but also those addressed to him. It is a major resource of otherwise inaccessible information and of great interest to anyone working on eighteenth-century literature and history of ideas.

More information on the Rousseau correspondence.