Ceremonie Religieuse des Habitans de l'Isle Espagnolle.
Copper engraving. Bookplate. Plate 343 x 222mm. Sheet 390 x 250mm.
A religious ceremony of the inhabitants of Hispaniola. A celebration and dance for the Gods. Published in Jean Frederic Bernard's monumental "Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde" (Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World). 'The world's first encyclopedia of religions, the heavily illustrated, detailed general survey treating all religions dispassionately and as notionally equal, was composed and published in Amsterdam under the title 'Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde' in seven large volumes between 1723 and 1737 by a group of radical, intellectually subversive Huguenot refugees' (Jonathan Israel, 'How the light came in', TLS June 21 2013).
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