Des tombeaux, ou de l'influence des institutions funébres sue les moeurs.
12mo. (4), 192, (4) pp. Contemporary French half calf over blue marbled boards with two giltstamped title labels to flat spine; remaining compartments covered with gilt red morocco labels. All edges sprinkled in blue to match boards.
First and only edition.
An intriguing work on tombs and the influence of funeral institutions over manners and morals, providing a comparative study of funeral rites and ceremonies, including discussions of China, Canada, Tahiti and Guyana. Girard defended the sentimental and historical value of the tombs which were criticised during the French Revolution.
Scarce; no copy recorded in the UK.