Précis du siècle de Louis XV (II)

Chapters 17-43, Appendices 1-4, Représentation des Etats de l’Empire

Author: Voltaire

Volume: 29B

Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire

Volume Editors: Janet Godden, James Hanrahan

Series Collaborators: Janet Godden, James Hanrahan, John Renwick, Ruggero Sciuto

Publication Date: 2020

Pages: 520

ISBN: 978-0-7294-1225-4

Price: £125


The Précis du siècle de Louis XV is Voltaire’s vivid and engaging account of his own era. In this volume, the War of the Austrian Succession concludes with the victory of Maria Theresa, and France and England continue to skirmish in the global Seven Years War. Voltaire then turns his attention to French domestic politics and the attempted assassination of the king by Damiens, in the context of the struggle between the crown and the parlement.

The text is supported by extensive notes and variants from manuscript drafts and significant print editions.

Table of contents

Précis du siècle de Louis XV, ch.17-43 (Janet Godden and James Hanrahan)

Appendices (Janet Godden, James Hanrahan and John Renwick):

  1. Four chapters from 1756
  2. ‘D’un fait singulier concernant la littérature’: W64G, ch.61
  3. ‘Avis des éditeurs’: 69L1
  4. Notes from the Kehl edition

Représentation aux Etats de l’Empire (Ruggero Sciuto)


Volumes admirables […] L’appareil critique étudie méthodiquement les sources de Voltaire, ses ajouts, ou au contraire ses retranchements, les autres versions des faits par d’autres auteurs, dont Voltaire aurait pu avoir une connaissance partielle en version manuscrite.

Servanne Woodward, Le Monde Français du Dix-Huitième Siècle 5.1 (2020)

Voltaire Foundation

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