See also:magistrate and
See also:scholar, was
See also:born at
See also:Dijon and studied
See also:law with a view to the magistracy . The bent of his mind, however, was towards literature and science, and, after a visit to Italy in 1739 in
See also:company with his friend
See also:Baptiste de Lacurne de Sainte-Palaye, he published his Lettres sur Petal actuel de la ville souterraine d'Herculee (Dijon, 1750), the first
See also:work upon the ruins of
See also:Herculaneum . It was during this
See also:Italian tour that he wrote his famous letters on Italy, which remained in MS. till long after his
See also:death . In 176o he published a dissertation, Du culte
See also:des dieux fetiches, which was afterwards inserted in the Encyclopedie methodique . At the solicitation of his friend Buffon, he under-took his Histoire des navigation aux terres australes, which was published in 1756, in two vols . 4to, with maps . It was in this work that de
See also:Brosses first laid down the
See also:geographical divisions of
See also:Australasia and Polynesia, which were afterwards adopted by
See also:John Pinkerton and succeeding geographers . He also contributed to the Encyclopedie the articles " Langues," " Musique," " Etymologie." In 1765 appeared his work on the origin of language, Traite de la formation mecanique des langues, the merits of which are recognized by E . B .
See also:Tylor in
See also:Primitive Culture . De Brosses had been occupied, during a
See also:part of his
See also:life, on a
See also:translation of Sallust, and in attempting to supply the lost chapters in that celebrated historian . At length in 1777 he published L'Histoire du septieme siecle de la republique romaine, 3 vols .
4to, to which is prefixed a learned life of Sallust, reprinted at the commencement of the translation of that historian by Jean Baptiste Dureau de La Malle . These
See also:literary occupations did not prevent the author from discharging with ability his official duties as first
See also:president of the parliament of
See also:Burgundy, nor from carrying on a
See also:constant and extensive
See also:correspondence with the most distinguished literary characters of his
See also:time . In 1758 he succeeded the
See also:marquis de Caumont in the Academie des Belles-lettres; but when in 1770 he presented himself at the French Academy, his candidature was rejected owing to Voltaire's opposition on
See also:personal grounds . Besides the
See also:works already mentioned, he wrote several
See also:memoirs and
See also:dissertations in the collections of the Academy of Inscriptions, and in those of the Academy of Dijon, and he
See also:left behind him several
See also:MSS., which were unfortunately lost during the Revolution . His letters on Italy were, however, found in MS. in the confiscated library by his son, the emigre officer Rene de Brosses, and were first published in 1799, in the uncritical edition of
See also:Antoine Serieys, under the title of Lettres historiques et critiques . A fresh edition, freed from errors and interpolations, by R .
See also:Colomb, with the title L'Italie it y a cent ans, was issued in 1836; and two subsequent reprints appeared, one edited by Poulet-Malassis, under the title Lettres familieres (1858); the other, a re-impression of Colomb's edition, under that of Le President de Brosses en Italie (1858) . See H . Mamet, Le President de Brosses, sa
See also:vie et ses ouvrages (
See also:Lille, 1874) ; also Cunisset-
See also:Carnot, " La Querelle de Voltaire et du president de Brosses," in the Revue des Deux Blondes (
See also:February 15, 1888) .
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