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5. This is actually the second volume of Antoine Court de Gébelin's ponderous but unfinished 9-volume Monde primitif, Paris, 1773–1782, of which JA had a copy that in later years he annotated and that is now among his books in the Boston Public Library. See Catalogue of JA 's Library , p. 65; Alfred Iacuzzi, John Adams, Scholar, N. Y., 1952, p. 230–232; Frank E. Manuel, The Eighteenth Century Confronts the Gods, Cambridge, 1959, p. 250–258, 272–274, and pas• { 107 } sim. See, further, Edward Wigglesworth to AA , 13 Oct. 1780, below. For JA 's opinion of Court de Gébelin derived from personal encounters in Paris, see his Diary and Autobiography , 2:323, 344.