Candide or The Optimist Voltaire DJ Folio Society 1948


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Candide or The Optimist by M. de Voltaire

Candide has ranked as one of the world’s great satires since its first publication in 1759. It concerns the adventures of the youthful Candide, disciple of Dr. Pangloss, who was himself a disciple of Leibniz. In the course of his travels and adventures in Europe and South America, Candide saw and suffered such misfortune that it was difficult for him to believe this was “the best of all possible worlds” as Dr. Pangloss had assured him. Indeed, it seemed to be quite the opposite. In brilliantly skewering such naïveté, Voltaire mercilessly exposes and satirizes romance, science, philosophy, religion, and government, the ideas and forces that permeate and control the lives of men. Very early Folio Society edition.


  • Folio Society First Impression No. 5
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 1948
  • Quarter Black Cloth with Marbled Paper Covers Hardback, 136 pp
  • Water colour paintings and pen-and-ink sketches by Kenneth Hobson
  • Size 220 x 130mm, 500g

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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