Revue des Études Roumaines: Tome XIII-XIV and Tome XV.
Paris: Revue des Études Roumaines, 1974-75. Paperback. Two full issues. Small 4to. Stiff printed wrappers. 234pp; 228pp, viii. Illustrations. Near fine. Most minor of outer wrappers wear only; else internally tight and fine, both issues largely uncut. Item #49049
Superb pair of this French-language scholarly journal devoted to Romanian art, folklore, history, language, literature, philosophy, jurisprudence and social science. This pair hail from the library of Ioan Petru Culianu (or Couliano, 1950-91), the controversial Romanian philosopher, essayist and historian of ideas, religion and culture who on May 21, 1991, was murdered -- some say assassinated -- in a bathroom at the University of Chicago's Divinity School, likely because he proved a vocal critic of Romania's Communist post-Revolution regime in interviews and articles. The 1974 volume (Tome XIII-XIV) bears a choice presentation inscription from the journal's editor, noted Romanian philologist Turdeanu (1911-2001) in French in black ink on the front flyleaf to Culianu, boldly signed and dated January 1982. Tipped below this is the original 5" X 3" mailing label for this issue, with Turdeanu's name and Fresnes, France address and the journal title printed at top and Culianu's name and Groningen, Netherlands home address penned by Turdeanu. The 1975 volume (Tome XV) bears tipped to front flyleaf an identical mailing label with Culianu's typed name and Rijksuniversiteit address in Groningen; below this is a 5" X 5" slip and penned to Culianu in unidentified hand what may be a subscription reminder. Both issues contain articles by editor Turdeanu. An exceptionally unusual pair.