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Rousseau Collection
University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques; Philosophy, French

The collection was established in 1971. The basic collection was acquired through Zeitlin and VerBrügge, from the Paris bookseller George Heilburn who had built it.

The collection contains first and subsequent early editions of Rousseau's works, including many piracies and unauthorized printings; and contemporary works both attacking and defending Rousseau's theories. The collection includes a specially bound volume of the 1781 edition of Émile with two sets of the engravings designed by J-M. Moreau le jeune and eight original pen and sepia drawings by C-F. Chauvet; the lavish thirty-eight volume Oeuvres, published in 1788-1793, with a separate portfolio of eighty-two plates by Moreau, C. Monnet, Le Barbier, Bouchet and other contemporary artists; and the eighteen volume Oeuvres, printed by Didot (1793-1800), with plates by Charles Nicolas Cochin and his original pencil drawing for the frontispiece to Émile. Other illustrative material includes numerous engraved portraits of Rousseau as well as medallions and statuettes. In addition, the collection contains two books from Rousseau's library, one of which, Daîra by A.J.J. Le Riche de La Pouplinière, is a very scarce book printed in 1760 in an edition of fewer than thirty copies. This book bears an inscription on its fly leaf from the author to Rousseau.


650 monographs.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. T. A. Dufour's Recherches bibliographiques sur les oeuvres imprimées de J.J. Rousseau has been checked and annotated extensively. Bibliographical chapters from Rousseau's Oeuvres complètes (Bernard Gagnebin ed. 1961-1969) have been photocopied and are available for consultation.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.