Lot 57: KNIGHT, AN ACCOUNT OF... THE WORSHIP OF PRIAPUS, LONDON, 1786, 4TO, RED MOROCCO GILT BY KALTHOEBER
- Catalog Note: FIRST EDITION. "In 1781 Knight was elected a member of the Society of Dilettanti which in 1786 issued his first publication, 'An Account of the Remains of the Worship of Priapus'. This included the account communicated to the society in 1781 by Sir William Hamilton, British diplomatic representative in Naples, of the wax phallic votive offerings made at the Catholic festival at St Cosmo's shrine at Iserno, Abruzzo. In his discourse that ostensibly examined the survival of phallic worship in Christian ceremonies Knight suggested that sexual symbolism lay at the basis of all religions. He went so far as to identify Christ with Priapus and to declare that the Christian cross was a transformation of a phallic symbol. He wrote in the wake of similar contemporary investigations into the symbolical language of antiquity, in particular the 'Recherches sur l'origine, l'esprit, et les progrès des arts de la Grèce' (1785) by Hugues, Baron d'Hancarville, a former associate and collaborator of Hamilton's in Naples. In spite of the fact that Knight's 'Account' was published privately it became notorious and was condemned as scandalous, irreligious, and obscene by critics" (ODNB).
- Provenance: attributed to William Beckford, Fonthill Abbey, pencil note (but the copy in his sale in these rooms, 11 December 1882, lot 1340, was bound in green morocco); sale in these rooms, 18 July 1967, lot 392, bought by A.G. Thomas; P.A. Milne-Henderson, bookplate
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- Condition: Plates somewhat spotted, first 2 with small dampstain at inner corner, slight mark on lower cover.
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