A true second edition of this capital text. Considered by Joseph de Maistre as a French counterpart, this edition was printed in Basel, by Fauche-Borel in the third quarter of 1797, a few weeks after the original was printed in May.
"Do you know Joseph de Maistre ( 1753-1821 )? No, of course not, since there is no more cursed author today. Oh, no doubt, you have vaguely heard of him as the most reactionary monster that the earth has ever borne, as a fanatic of the throne and the altar, as an ultra with a dazzling style, no doubt, but so far from what seems natural, democratic, sacred, and even simply human, that it is urgent to erase his name from normal history. Maistre? The devil himself. Baudelaire, one of his few unconditional admirers, may have thought of him when he wrote that no one was more Catholic than the devil. Open a volume of Maistre, you'll be served." (Phillipe Sollers, In praise of a cursed)