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life of Voltaire by Evelyn Beatrice Hall

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Published by Folcroft Library Editions in Folcroft, Pa .
Written in English


  • Voltaire, 1694-1778.,
  • Authors, French -- 18th century -- Biography.

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Edition Notes

Statementby S. G. Tallentyre [i.e. E. B. Hall].
LC ClassificationsPQ2099 .H3 1975
The Physical Object
Pagination p. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5201747M
ISBN 100841478260
LC Control Number75025996

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